Harrogate Stray charity fireworks set to return, but without the bonfire

16 September 2022
  • Harrogate RoundTable has said that the 51st Stray fireworks will take place on the 5 November 2022.
  • There will not be a bonfire this year.
  • In addition to the fireworks’ finale, there will be fire performers as well as a range of local groups providing entertainment on the stage.

The district Scouts will be back selling food from local suppliers to raise funds for their local troops alongside a range of commercial vendors. The organisers have also announced that they have decided to extend the event by including fairground rides and opening the event earlier in the day.

Harrogate RoundTable Chair, Craig Stephenson, said:

It’s great to see new ideas and innovation in this community event and I know that there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to put together a fantastic programme which we look forward to announcing in the forthcoming weeks.

Last year Harrogate RoundTable celebrated the 50th anniversary of organising the free-to-attend charity fundraising event which has remained largely unchanged since its inception. After considering several environmental and health and safety issues, and listening carefully to feedback from last year’s attendees, Harrogate RoundTable has decided to try a different approach by not having a bonfire this year.

It is hoped that the resource saved through not holding a bonfire will result in a larger donation for a local charity at the end of the event.

Andy Rickard, who is responsible for planning this year’s event, said:

I know some people will miss the bonfire, and we certainly haven’t ruled out having a bonfire in future years, but we thought it was time to try something different. I’m incredibly excited about this year’s event and can’t wait to see everyone there.

The event will open from 4pm on Saturday 5 November culminating in a firework display at around 7.30pm. It is free to attend and net proceeds from donations will go to a local charity.

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