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Harrogate Round Table prepares for the 40th anniversary bonfire celebrations

  • This year’s Stray bonfire will be 40th anniversary of Harrogate’s biggest public event.
  • 2011’s chosen charity is Yorkshire Cancer Research, which funds world-class research, treatment and diagnosis projects throughout the region

HARROGATE will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display this November to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the town’s popular Stray bonfire.

Volunteers from Harrogate and District Round Table, which organises the charity bonfire, are hoping this year’s event will be their biggest yet, with thousands expected to attend on Saturday, November 5th.

This year the Round Table has chosen to support Yorkshire Cancer Research, and spectators are asked to give generously to a collection which will be held on the night.

The Harrogate-based charity funds world-class research, treatment and diagnosis projects throughout the region.


Linsey Trower, of Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

We are delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the benefitting charity of such a fantastic event.

For the past 40 years charities from across the area have received thousands of pounds thanks to the generosity and kindness of everyone who attends the bonfire, and we hope that this year will bigger and better than ever!

Nearly 20 local groups from Harrogate and Nidderdale District Scouts will also benefit from the event by selling food and drink.

Mark Turner, District Commissioner, said:

Providing refreshment stalls at the annual town bonfire has been a major fundraising event for many of the local Scout groups for a good number of years.

It is that sense of community that Scouting brings to the event, from the team that supply the lighting to the youngest member helping to sell parkin and flapjack. It is a pleasure to assist the good work of the Round Table and the charities they support.


The event will begin at 6pm at Oatlands Stray (opposite the Cedar Court) with the usual build-up from Stray FM. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks display will start at 7.15pm.

Paul Horner, from the Round Table, added:

With around 11,000 people expected, this is by far the biggest single public gathering of the year in Harrogate.

Thanks to sponsorship from Engage Mutual Assurance and Harrogate Borough Council, we are planning an extra special fireworks display to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

No Round Table volunteers get paid for any of the hard work that goes into planning this event, so the public can be assured that all the money they donate to Yorkshire Cancer Research on the night will go to a very worthy cause.

We always try to ensure a warm, family feel where everyone can watch the display in safety. You sense a real community spirit and it’s great to see so many families enjoying the event.


For more information on Yorkshire Cancer Research visit For more information on Harrogate and District Round Table see

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