PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 November 2014
Exmouth's annual charity fireworks spectacular is imminent. And organisers are hoping that the large crowds who deliberately hung around outside last year's display, watching it for free, will give generously this time round to the charity's bucket collectors.
The Exmouth and District Round Table Fireworks charity display is on Wednesday, November 5, at the Exmouth Rugby Club’s ground in Imperial Road. Gates open at 6pm, with the fireworks starting at 7.30pm.
There is also hot food, live music from two bands, a radio DJ and a bar. Tickets are £5 (adult), £3 (children) and £15 (family of two adults and two children).
Last year, hundreds of people deliberately chose to mill around the adjacent Imperial Road car park and watch the 20-minute spectacular for free.
Some even brought folding chairs with them so they could view the display in comfort, while others watched the soaring rockets as they savoured fish and chip suppers from the back of their cars.
The Journal estimates that up to 700 people were at the car park watching the display in 2013, with another 300 along the estuary road and into the coach park.
Not only did around 1,000 people get a free show, many of them refused to give any money to the charity collectors who walked among them, asking for much-needed donations for the display.
Mike Sprague, secretary of Exmouth and District Round Table, is hopeful that this year those hanging around outside the display will give generously.
“I’m asking them if they could give kindly to the bucket collectors that are outside the ground. All funds go back to local charities.
“We don’t believe we’ll ever stop the behaviour, but if everybody donated, it wouldn’t be an issue, would it?”