Businesses come together to rescue Barnstaple New Year’s Eve fireworks

Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed. - Credit: Getty Images/Hemera

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

New Year’s Eve revellers in Barnstaple will be able to see in 2015 with fireworks – thanks to the success of 11th hour negotiations with leading businesspeople in the town.

There had been widespread disappointment at news the display had been pulled due to demolition work at Anchorwood Bank – the traditional firing site by the banks of the River Taw.

But following discussions with site developers – and the goodwill of Barnstaple businesses – the show at midnight on December 31 will now go ahead.

Barnstaple Town Centre manager Craig Bulley told the Gazette: “Because we thought we’d lost our firing site at Anchorwood Bank due to the demolition work going on there, no plans for a firework display had been made.

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“However public demand has been such that Barnstaple Town Centre Management met at the beginning of the month to see if there was any way we could rescue the situation.

“Thanks to the support of a number of businesses, I’m pleased to say that we will now have a firework display from the Anchorwood site at 12midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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“It has taken a significant amount of negotiation behind the scenes and has probably been one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in recent months.

“On behalf of the town, I’d like to thanks SIG, Wessex Developments and Gilpin Demolition for their understanding and allowing us to use Anchorwood for the display.”

The North Devon Gazette; BID Barnstaple; M&E Alarms; Stagecoach; Brend Hotels; Lilicos; and Devon County Councillors Brian Greenslade and John Matthews are all contributing to this year’s display.

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