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The guys are back in town
3:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Many of the traditional elements of firework night will be revived at an event organised by Calne Town Council, when guys designed by primary school pupils will take pride of place on the bonfire.
The bonfire has been reinstated for this year’s event at the Beversbrook Sports Facility on Saturday after feedback from last year’s event and will be run by volunteers from the Calne Lions.
In addition, the town council has introduced a competition encouraging primary school pupils to get creative by making their own guys out of straw, pillow cases and old clothes.
This year’s guys have been made by pupils at Cherhill and Heddington Primary Schools and the best guy will be chosen by Mercy Baggs, Calne’s mayor, on the night.
The winner will have the chance to turn on the lights at Calne’s Winter Festival on Saturday, November 23, when school children will parade through the town with homemade lanterns.
Around 2,000 to 3,000 people are expected to attend and organiser Tracey Howell is hoping the new guy competition will help to make it even more popular.
She said: “We have responded to the feedback from last year’s event, which said it just wasn’t the same without a bonfire. The idea in terms of the guy competition was we wanted to see participation from our young people in Calne. We did say they could be creative and they certainly were.
“Weather permitting, this will hopefully bring the community of Calne together in one place enjoying a party atmosphere with some spectacular fireworks to finish.”
The gates will open at 5pm and the firework display will start at 7pm. Tickets in advance are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children, and £12.50 for a family of two adults and two children. On the gate tickets will be priced £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family.
These are being sold at the Calne Community Hub, the Calne Information Centre, and outside Sainsbury’s tomorrow from 10am to 3am.
To book tickets, call (01249) 814000.
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