Record crowds enjoy Tamworth’s free fireworks spectacular


Tamworth Castle Grounds was packed on Bonfire Night (November 5) for what organisers believe was the town’s biggest free fireworks event to date, with estimated crowds of more than 28,000 people joining the fun.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team say this was the busiest year yet as families came from near and far to enjoy fire performers, fairground rides, walkabout characters, face painting, live music from the Touch FM stage and food stalls.

The highlight of course was another spectacular display of high calibre pyrotechnics which were launched into the sky above the Castle Grounds during an impressive 20-minute set accompanied by popular music. Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi, was on hand to assist with the countdown alongside Touch FM presenter James Watts.

The crowd-pleasing finale again resulted in rapturous applause from the audience and the event was hailed another resounding success.

Visitors took to social media to share their pictures and comments as well as giving their feedback to members of the Arts and Events team on the night.

Commentators included Debbie Hackett who said: “Fab display, better than one I paid for last weekend. Well done Tamworth and thank you.”
Barbara Chapman said: “Fabulous night. My husband and I walked as I knew it would be so busy, but also for the atmosphere. Not many things are free these days and what a fabulous way to gather families together. Brilliant! Thank you Tamworth.”
Liane Denton added: “We’ve just returned, having not been before, and must say what a fantastic event Tamworth council put on. Security on show and a lovely atmosphere.”
Kim Taylor, who travelled a long way to the event, said: “Travelled from Wales to see the fireworks display. Was fab. Such lovely colours and fab fireworks.”

The fireworks spectacular is in its ninth year in the current format and has become one of the most popular events in the town’s annual calendar.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “This event just gets better and better. Our thanks go to the Arts and Events team for successfully organising such a large scale event that is enjoyed by thousands of people.

“Having a programme of high quality outdoor entertainment that people can enjoy free of charge is one of our priorities as a council and we are delighted to see that it is being so well received. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for next year’s fireworks – especially as the event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“In the meantime, families can enjoy more free outdoor entertainment with the Christmas lights switch on which takes place in St Editha’s square and throughout the town centre on Sunday November 20.”