Thousands of people joined Harlow Council on Sunday 5 November 2017 to celebrate Bonfire Night in Harlow Town Park.
Around 22,000 people are estimated to have attended last night’s celebrations making it one of the largest crowds at this event in recent years. It continues to be one of the biggest free admission fireworks display in the East of England.
The annual event has been running for 30 plus years and was organised by Harlow Council with support from Great Parndon Community Association.
The night’s celebrations began at 6pm with the Playhouse Harlow stage hosted by Terry Gauci and featuring performances from: The Pauline Quirke Academy, Hip Hop Pop, Harlow Ballet, Forever Jackson, Studio 3 Academy and West End Star Rob Houchen who is playing Peter Pan at the theatre’s forthcoming pantomime.
The Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Sue Livings, was joined by Rob to light the bonfire at 6.45pm. A spectacular fireworks display followed at 7pm which was accompanied by music. To celebrate Harlow’s 70th birthday, the display started with the word Harlow lit up in red fireworks.
There was also a food and refreshments village but no funfair for the second year running following feedback from families who attended last year.
Public donations for the Chair of the Council’s chosen charities – St Clare Hospice and Action for Family Carers raised £388 and the Friends of the Leah Manning Centre raised £230.
Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth & Community, said:
“This annual event continues to be one the biggest and best in the area and something Harlow is very proud of. This year’s event was the Council’s finale to the town’s 70th birthday celebrations and it proved to be a great night.
“A proper organised public display like this means that many local families can celebrate this occasion together in safety. It also encourages families not to organise their own events at home.
“Every year we receive positive feedback from local families who attend the event and this year it is the same. We pride ourselves on ensuring we listen to all feedback so we can continue making improvements to future events.
“Events like this would not happen if it wasn’t for the hard work and commitment on the day and throughout the evening of Council staff, stewards, volunteers and Great Parndon Community Association. I thank them for all their efforts and for once again putting together a great event for local families.”