A large crowd – several in costumes! – and estimated at over a thousand people, came to the Meadow this evening to watch the lighting of the large wooden ‘castle’ decorated by the youth of Whitchurch. Pictures and video are below.


Rob Dunlop, the chairman of the Whitchurch Festival Committee, and part time storm trooper, was thrilled with the turnout, and thanked the many volunteers for their efforts in making the evening a wonderful success. He said, “We have a Hallowe’en Castle which has been put together over two days – and the Whitchurch Primary School and the Beavers have actually decorated every single inch of the front and side – it looks absolutely fantastic.”

Our Mayor, Councillor Barry Jackman had the honour of lighting the structure by pressing a button which set off a blaze of fireworks. Slowly, smoke rose into the air – and drifted across the assembled masses! Then as the wood took alight more and more, a giant fireball enveloped the area – bringing a bright, warm glow all around.

There was a report of a minor injury caused by a flying ember, and thankfully the quick action of the on-sight St. John’s Ambulance team helped.


Shortly after, the first fireworks were set off by Pyrotastic Fireworks to the delight of young and old alike. Some fireworks were low, some were high and all were noisy! The grand finale had a large firework high in the sky that rained down over the Meadow.

All the while, people mingled over tasty food and drink served from the tents around the Meadow – including ice creams (why not!?) from Sonny Jim’s. Money raised in the donation buckets and at the BBQ will be used by the Whitchurch Festival Committee to offset the costs of tonight’s event; Any extra will be put towards the upcoming We’ll Meet Again supper to be held in December, and other good causes around town.

Rob Dunlop said, “Everything that we raise here basically goes back into Whitchurch, back into the community.”


Earlier, the decorated Guys were judged. Organiser Graham Burgess said, “A team went around in the week judging the Guys. There’s at least 20 Guys!”

The Guys were on display all around town over the past week, and they were brought down to the Meadow entrance by A&M Hardy for everyone to see tonight. First place went to the Kelland family for “Guy’s Farm”; Second place went to Tony Hills for “Sat Nav”.

All told, it truly was another spectacular year!

A story and photos about the preparations – include the pumpkin carving at the White Hart and the decorated Guys – in our previous article HERE. Last year’s event is remembered HERE.

Scroll down to see photos – click on them to see a larger version. A video of the pumpkin carving, guys, bonfire and fireworks (with interviews!) is embedded from YouTube

Comments (3)

  • Lyn Fuoco

    A brilliant evening enjoyed by young and old thank you to those who put in so much hard work much appreciated

  • Mrs Dorothy Branagan

    Well done to all the organisers. Love the photos of the Bonfire and Fireworks show.

    You all looked, to have a wonderful time. May be next year I could be there..

    Dorothy.. From Bury, Lancashire..

  • Rita Rackham

    Brilliant evening of fun… Guys we all great… Bonfire and fireworks were splendid.

    Well done to everyone involved.

    went there with most of the family and my little grandson, who loved it.

    Rita, from Kintbury – maybe see you there next time Dorothy.

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