2011 firework display to be attended by Queen’s representative

Bradley Stoke Fireworks

Bradley Stoke’s 2011 firework display, organised by the Town Council, is to be attended by a representative of the Queen.

The countdown for the display, which will take place at the Jubilee Centre on Sunday 6th November 2011, will be carried out by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Robert Bernays.

The news, proudly announced by Mayor Ben Walker on the cover of the recent Town Council newsletter, follows a decision to keep the display at the Jubilee Centre despite the Senior Health and Safety Officer for last year’s event recommending that it be moved to another site because of crowd safety concerns.

Cllr Mark Forsyth said last year that the event had “become too successful for its own good”, adding: “we could have ended up with a ‘situation'”.

The Town Council, however, has since decided that it OK for the show to go on at the same venue. This year, the fireworks will be launched from the upper football pitch, leaving the lower football pitch available for spectators.

Mr Bernays doesn’t exactly have celebrity status, so his appearance is thought unlikely to exacerbate the perceived crowd safety issues at the popular event. Information about him is hard to come by, but a recent article in the Bristol Evening Post on his appointment to the royal position reveals that he ran Old Down Country Park for 25 years and was awarded an OBE for services to the community in 2010.

Anyone unable to attend the Sunday event in Bradley Stoke has the option of attending other local fireworks displays at Downend on Friday 4th November 2011 and Winterbourne on Saturday 5th November 2011.

Further details of all local events can be found on our 2011 Fireworks Display page.

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  1. So attending the fireworks display could be dangerous, crossing the road is also dangerous.

    I hadn’t anticipated that living in Bradley would be such a risky affair.

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