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Issue No. 69 [Back Issues]
8th November 2005

This Week - [Hope & Anchor Fireworks - Ross Lions Fireworks]
[Eddie Deakin - Potters Bar 2005 - Pre-school Mugs - Happy Birthday Amy - Lottery Jump Start - Chief Constable]
[Topical Photography - Stats - Bowls - Readers' Letters - Readers Photographs]
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[Property]

A Spectacular Firework Display at the Hope & Anchor

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Many hundreds of people gathered in the gardens of the Hope & Anchor on Friday 4th November, to see the huge bonfire lit and to watch a spectacular firework display.

The event was provided free of charge by landlord of the Hope & Anchor, Ben Nelsey, who would like to thank Jay Hill, Paul Meredith, Chris Constable, James Marshall and Dan for ensuring that everybody enjoyed the evening safely.

The evening was arranged for November 4th so as not to clash with the Ross Lions' charity display on Guy Fawkes night itself.

The latest rumour I heard was that the Hope & Anchor is boarded up and that nobody goes there any more. The photographs left and below prove very much to the contrary and it is still business as usual. Events at the Hope and Anchor are still regular and are listed on the 'What's On?' page of this web site.

Pictured left: Fireworks light up the River Wye.

Below: Art Burn?


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Ross Lions Firework Display
     

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Thankfully, following predictions to the contrary, the weather was quite reasonable during the early part of the evening on Guy Fawkes night and crowds turned up as usual to enjoy a splendid evening of firework entertainment in safety, provided by the Ross Lions and their supporters.

The price of admittance to the display was the same as in previous years and, according to the takings, the number of people attending also remained at a similar level. A grand sum of 4,400 being raised for the local Lions club.

The Lions apologize for the slow start to the provision of refreshments. They were not prepared for an early rush for the purchase of hot-dogs and burgers. Queues began forming an hour before the lighting of the bonfire, before the food had been cooked. The Lions say that this will not occur next year.

The event began with a torchlight parade by Ross-on-Wye Cubs, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. The bonfire was back to its usual size, after having being much smaller last year and it burned spectacularly.

The refreshment stalls did a roaring trade, working hard to keep up with demand.

Thankfully the St. John Ambulance staff were not required, other than to look after one little boy who was feeling unwell.

All in all a great evening was enjoyed by everybody and the Lions would like to thank those who attended. They would also like to thank the Chase Hotel for the use of their grounds free of charge, Andy Cornwall Butchers for donating sausages and burgers, Simeon Cole for the straw and lifting equipment, Brandon Tool Hire and the wives and friends of 'Lions' who helped out on the night.

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