The borough’s fireworks event will return to Brockwell Park this year, not Clapham Common as had been announced..
The annual bash, funded by Lambeth council, was due to take place at Clapham Common on November 5 but the council decided today to move it Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, citing traffic concerns.
The fireworks, which require “significant funding”, will be produced by the team behind the whizz-bangs at the London 2012 games. The the wider event will place between 5pm and 10pm on Guy Fawkes night.
Cllr Sally Prentice said earlier: “Today we can confirm that Lambeth’s annual fireworks show will take place in Brockwell Park on November 5th this year, rather than Clapham Common.
“The event is one of the biggest annual firework displays in London and one of the best in the country. Attending an organised event like Lambeth’s annual firework display is the safest way for residents to enjoy a truly spectacular fireworks show. We encourage everyone to come to Brockwell Park to enjoy this fantastic event.”
For the first time this year revellers will be asked to donate towards the “significant” cost of the fireworks.
There used to be three free displays across Lambeth every year – at Streatham Common, Brockwell Park and Clapham – until they were reduced to just one in 201o to save cash. The council said they would rotate the one event between the three venues each year.
Last year, though, a last minute decision was taken to hold events at both Streatham Common and Brockwell Park after emergency services raised security concerns.
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