Changes to West Wight Fire Show

By Mal Butler

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

THE threat of cancellation of the West Wight Fire Show has been averted, but it will be a scaled-down version.

Initially, there were fears Saturday's show, which has been months in planning, could be cancelled all together because Totland Recreation Ground was under water.

Instead, after consultations with police, a procession will leave St Saviour’s School at 6pm, as planned, and follow a circular route — along St Saviours Rd, Weston Rd, Madeira Rd, Granville Road, Ward Rd, Broadway, Weston Rd — before returning to the school at around 7pm.

There, local children will enact the story of 'Thor’s Revenge’ a fantasy set on the Isle of Wight during the Danish Invasion of 897.

Alison Knapman, general manager of the New Carnival Company which has helped organise the event, said: "Unfortunately there won’t be any fireworks or the 'fire’ part of the show due to health and safety.

"But it should still be a great evening. We have around 80 local people in the show, including children who have helped make their own costumes, and we didn’t want to let anyone down."

The Fat Samba Band will lead the procession.

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