Organisers of Barnstaples annual rugby club fireworks display said last nights event (Sunday) was one of the busiest ever. Thousands of people paid to watch the display at the club, rather than for free on the new bridge, following an appeal by Barnstaple Round Table. Before the event, club volunteers, who have put on the event every year since 1966, told the Gazette it would be their last year at cracking it after only just breaking even last year. But although last nights gate numbers are not yet known, it is thought that around £3,000 was raised for local charities in the town. It was one of the busiest its ever been, said vice-chairman Mike Jewell. There were not as many people on the bridge as there have been in previous years I would say it was better supported than its ever been. I havent spoken to our treasurer yet but weve had a rough count up and we think it made around £3,000. That is money we can put back into the local community. Wed like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who supported the event, particularly our sponsors, without whom, wed have been unable to put the event on. The spectacular display by Winkleigh-based Two Tigers Fireworks was set to soundtracks from James Bond films. The music really added to the drama, added Mike. The club has been holding displays for 49 consecutive years and next year, were planning something awesome for our 50th.