Monday, December 31, 2012
A night of glitz and glamour is planned to see in 2013.
BIDEFORD will be celebrating 50 years of Hollywood espionage this year with a special Bond-themed New Year’s Eve celebration.
The 007-inspired event on the Quay promises the glitz and glamour of the Bond films with a gadget or two thrown in for good measure
The event will get underway with children from the local performing arts school showcasing the talent in their midst, with DJ’s, singers and dancers taking to the stage.
From 9pm, ITV Westcountry’s own Bond lookalike Seth Conway will host the show alongside local singer Della.
The annual fancy dress competition will take place, where Bonds and Bond girls will be sought out from the crowd with prizes in store.
At midnight the grand countdown will culminate in a fireworks display to the theme of iconic Bond music over the years.
Musical producer Phil Morgan said: “It was a real challenge deciding which of the Bond film themes to include in the display as there are simply so many.
“It should be a simply breathtaking show.”
Bideford festival committee chair Steve Clarke OBE added: “We’ve taken a considerable step forward in the planning of this year’s event.
“We’ve more infrastructures in place on the Quay including a first aid centre, somewhere for tired revellers to relax assisted by Bideford’s Street Pastors, plenty of facilities and better transportation links in and out of the town.
“We’ve got the usual fun fair rides of the Quay from 6pm, plenty of caterers and of course the mobile bar which will be situated on the Quay, not forgetting a glittering line up of entertainment planned for the evening.”
The event has been organised with Safer North Devon and organisers are urging revellers to drink responsibly, use plastic drinking vessels and organise their journey home.
A spokesman for Bideford Town Council said: “The town and district councils as well as Devon & Somerset Fire Service, the Red Cross and Devon & Cornwall Police are backing the “Plastic Fantastic” campaign for New Year’s Eve in a bid to reduce the number of accidents and injuries caused by glass.
“The emergency services will be promoting the awareness of the dangers posed by glass and will be encouraging premises to consider using polycarbonate drinking glasses rather than traditional glass on New Year’s Eve.
“Each year thousands of people are horrifically injured or even killed across the country. Please don’t add to this figure – leave your glass at home.”
For more information on road closures and temporary taxi ranks on the night, visit www.torridge.gov.uk.