Chester Racecourse in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Member of Parliament’s Office are bringing back the annual fireworks display in a not-for-profit event. The event which will be held at Chester Racecourse on Saturday 3 November 2018 will also be supported by the MBNA Foundation, who have kindly provided a considerable charitable donation to subsidise to the running costs of the event.
Sean Humphreys, Chairman of the MBNA Foundation said:
“We are delighted to be supporting this not-for-profit event, for the benefit of the Chester community and to assist in protecting the sustainability of the event for the future. We hope the event is a great success and all involved enjoy the fireworks.”
The event hosted by the Chester Lions for over 50 years had long cemented itself within the city’s calendar of events and was regularly attended by 10,000+ people. Following 2017’s display, the Lions took the reluctant decision to cease any future events and since that time, Chester Racecourse have been working in close collaboration with the Council and the MP to save the event and ensure the firework spectacular goes ahead for the local community to enjoy this year.
As in previous years, there will be two displays, the first for children at 6.45pm, whilst the main display will take place at 7.30pm. Gates will open at 5pm and tickets can be bought in advance via the Chester Racecourse website from Friday 5 October at £5 per person (children aged 4 and under will be eligible to attend free of charge). Tickets will also be available on the gate on the evening at £6 per person.
Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the full offering at the racecourse on the evening. In addition to the fireworks on the night, there will be a fairground for youngsters and food and beverage outlets from which to purchase drinks and snacks. Capital North West & North Wales Breakfast presenter Ben Sheppard will host the event, playing music for the crowd to enjoy from 5pm.
Chief Executive of Chester Race Company Richard Thomas said:
“It has been a pleasure to play host venue to the Chester Lions fireworks display in recent years. The Roodee provides the perfect setting from which to watch a stunning theatrical display of the finest pyrotechnics, with the backdrop of the iconic Grosvenor Bridge and Roman walls, all in the heart of the city of Chester.
“Community sentiment around this family orientated event has always been one of enthusiasm and we’re delighted to be able to bring the event to realisation with the support of our partners and continue with this tradition in 2018.”
Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council Louise Gittins said:
“A number of council officers, councillors and the MP’s office worked closely to explore other funding avenues to ensure the event could continue – including talking to potential organisers and exploring alternative sites.
“One of the options was for Chester Race Company to deliver the event and we are delighted to say this is now a reality. The Council will cover the costs for the firework company to deliver the display.
“In our partnership with Chester Race Company, it is our aim to build on the Lions’ success and to make this year’s event as enjoyable as it has been over the years for so many local families.”
A bucket collection will be conducted by charity partner Share and their volunteers on the evening and proceeds will be donated to the charity, who provide help and support for homeless people across Cheshire, Flintshire and further afield. The bucket collection will be conducted around the periphery of the racecourse and across the site and members of the public enjoying the festivities are encouraged to give generously to this deserved cause.
Debra Webb, Chairperson, Share Board of Trustees said:
“Share are delighted to be part of this fantastic event and to be partnering with Chester Racecourse again. Our partnership has allowed us to make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people in society. Share could not continue the important work that we do without the support of local people and businesses.
“We are a local charity, managed by local volunteers, providing humanitarian aid to the homeless and those in need across Cheshire, Flintshire, and the refugee camps across Europe. Our work with the homeless, refugees and many other vulnerable people is funded solely by the generous donations of the people of Chester and Flintshire and we are sure that everyone will get behind this event and make it a huge success.”
For further information and to buy tickets online, visit chester-races.com/fireworks or call the Chester Racecourse Box Office on 01244 304 600. Tickets are also available to purchase in advance at the discounted rate of £5 from the Share Shop in Chester.