Blackheath fireworks date set and donations welcomed

Blackheath's fireworks attract thousands every year Pic: Gill Brit

Blackheath’s fireworks attract thousands of visitors every year Pic: Gill Brit

A date has been set for Blackheath Fireworks, one of the biggest events in Lewisham’s calendar, and an appeal for donations has been made to the public to help fund it.

This year the display will takes place on November 1 at 8pm. It is partly paid for by Lewisham Council, but since neighbouring Greenwich Council pulled funding from the event in 2010, also relies on donations from local people and businesses, and sponsorship deals.

This year it will again be sponsored by L&Q Housing, which is contributing £10,000. Visitors are invited to add £1 to donation buckets on the night, or make online contributions here. Blackheath Village community library service, hosted by Age Exchange, will also accept donations from local residents and visitors.

The event – London’s biggest free firework display – attracts up to 100,000 people each year. Celebrations last year were briefly disrupted by a hog roast van which dramatically exploded into flames, injuring three people.

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