Firework spectacle and famous virtual bonfire return to Ilfracombe

FINAL preparations are being made to Ilfracombe Rugby Club s fireworks and famous Virtual Bonfire on Friday, November 6. As well as the highlight of a stunning fireworks display, there will be plenty to keep the family entertained for the whole evening, i

FINAL preparations are being made to Ilfracombe Rugby Club's fireworks and famous Virtual Bonfire on Friday, November 6.

As well as the highlight of a stunning fireworks display, there will be plenty to keep the family entertained for the whole evening, including fair rides, kids activities, the world-famous virtual bonfire screen as well as the all important bar and barbeque.

President, Paul Crabb, is excited about the prospect of once again inviting the whole of Ilfracombe to the club for this seasonal spectacle:

"We have lots of activities for the kids, including trampolines, merry-go-round and bouncy castle, whilst adults are catered for with a well-stocked bar and barbeque. We are laying on a disco so the bar will be open late into the evening for people to enjoy a really good Friday night with us!


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"However, we know that the main reason for people to come will be the fireworks themselves, so we have invested heavily in this element of the night. In fact, this is the most we have ever spent to ensure everyone gets an absolutely top class fireworks display, and I think this will be the best display Ilfracombe has seen for a long while."

It focussed the attention of the world's media on this corner of Devon, with news channels as far a field as New Zealand running the story.

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Paul said: "The virtual bonfire has proved popular as it is a little bit different and quirky, a bit like Ilfracombe itself! So it has become part of the fabric of our event. This year, as well as the virtual bonfire element, we are making more use of the big screen to keep visitors entertained.

"One thing we want to make people aware of is that we have deliberately frozen the prices of our event for the last two years.

"In these difficult financial times, we don't think it should cost an arm and a leg for families to come and enjoy a good fireworks night. So, we have kept our prices to just �2 per adult, or �5 for a family of four. Considering the quality of the fireworks display, as well as all the other attractions, we think that represents excellent value for money."

Gates will open at 6.30pm on Friday, November 6 at Ilfracombe Rugby Club (next to the swimming pool) with the bar and disco continuing after the fireworks into the night. Entry is �2 for adults, �1 for children under 16 and �5 for a family of four.

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