Exmouth's Round Table firework event goes with a bang

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 November 2014

Exmouth Round Table firework display reflected in the Exe estuary. Ref exe 0145-45-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Round Table firework display reflected in the Exe estuary. Ref exe 0145-45-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

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This year's Exmouth and District Round Table Fireworks Display rocketed into history, giving organisers their best and most profitable event for four years.

Fine weather, strong attendance at the Exmouth Rugby Ground on Wednesday, November 5, and a increased bucket collection from the hundreds of people who chose to watch the display from outside the ground helped lift profits to nearly £3,000.

Mike Sprague, secretary of Exmouth and District Round Table, was thrilled. “This year’s event was very successful,” he said.

“It was a really good turnout. Everything was up, the gates were up and the bucket collection outside the ground was up, the highest we’ve ever had.”

Ticket sales gave £1,300 profit, while the bucket collection was similar.

“We made the best part of £3,000 profit,” said Mr Spague. “We’re donating £1,500 to RNLI Exmouth to help the repairs to the vandalism that’s been caused by the recent break-ins.

“And £500 will go to the Exmouth Beach Rescue, who provided cover for us at the event.”

Mr Sprague thought that the Journal’s recent report - highlighting how spectators gave little last year - helped to lift donations outside the ground. “It went around Facebook and got people’s awareness.”

It’s also thought that donations were up because Exmouth RNLI was a key nominated charity.

“It’s a popular Exmouth charity,” said Mr Sprague. “It seemed to work better, so we’re going to look at possibly tying up with them for next year’s fireworks.”

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