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Issue No. 120 - 8th November 2006
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WNTV: Ross Lions Light Up The Skies

Well over 2,000 people of all ages turned out on Saturday to enjoy the Ross Lions Bonfire and Firework evening, which annually raises funds for local charities. Many others watched from adjacent houses and also from the windows of the Chase Hotel. The weather was perfect for a bonfire, the Lions organized things perfectly and the crowds turned up to enjoy an evening full of entertainment on Saturday, 4th November.

The Courtyard Education and Outreach Department also took part by providing music, dancing, painting, an exhibition and a light show. These events were particularly aimed at the young people of Ross, to help create interest in joining the 'Creative Learning Centre' where they are able to participate in music, painting, graphic design, dancing, singing lessons and much more.

[Click here to watch a short clip of the fireworks on WNTV]

Continued . . .

The James Magic. Ref: DSC_8127

Alice Firefly and Delight Fire Show. Ref: DSC_8259

With no wind the bonfire, lit by the Ross Cubs after a torch light procession, was soon ablaze lighting up the surrounding trees and expectant faces of the crowd. The hot-dog and beef burger stalls, the pig roast and drinks stalls did a roaring trade. In fact it appears as if this year was the most successful for sales of food and drink ever. Even the Ice Cream van did well.

Continued . . .

Ross Scouts before the torch light parade. Ref: DSC_8320

Guy's ready to be burned on the bonfire. Ref: DSC_8325

Members of Ross Lions helping out on the evening. Ref: DSC_8326

Once the bonfire had settled down, the firework display began. Many of the onlookers commented that it was a fantastic display and the Lions were pleased that the evening was such a success. On leaving the ground at the end of the show many visitors approached Lions members to thank them, saying what a glorious evening it had been. Safe, enjoyable and satisfying in every way. For the first time after the event, many people gathered around the bonfire to enjoy the warmth on a cold but bright night. The sale of food also continued well after the finish.

Continued . . .

Lighting the bonfire. Ref: DSC_8348

Guy Fawkes and companions meet their fiery end. Ref: DSC_8363

Around 2,000 people attended the event. Ref: DSC_8397

All in all a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all involved, both organizers and visitors. The Ross Lions would like to mention a few names of people they would like to thank for assistance in putting on the show: The Chase Hotel for their continued support with the free use of their grounds, Simeon Cole for providing transport and machinery for building the bonfire, Keymood for providing fire material, Richard Ball, farmer, for the straw required to light the fire, Andrew Cornwall for his pig roast, Martin Middlecote, along with his sons, for their wholehearted assistance and also the friends of the Lions, who turn up at all events to give help as and when it is needed. Ross Lions would like to thank you all.

Ref: DSC_8624. Fireworks on a beautifully crisp, moonlit evening. Ref: DSC_8621.

Jason Welsby - the glowing man. Ref: DSC_8183

End of the display. Ref: DSC_8642

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