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Winchester bonfire night
3:20pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
THE skies came alive with bright colours, crackles and explosions as one of the county’s favourite bonfire nights went off with a bang.
Events in Winchester got under way with a torchlight procession led by a marching band which saw hundreds of people swarm through the streets.
They began at Broadway and then headed up the High Street, before beginning their final descent to River Park by the North Walls, bringing a warm glow to the city’s chilly November streets.
Guy Fawkes received his usual warm greeting when the bonfire was ignited on Saturday night, which saw flames climb 40ft into the air.
There were ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ aplenty after the popping and banging of each one of the brilliant fireworks rocketed into the air.
Last year the event raised thousands of pounds for charity and organisers were hopeful to make a similar total this year.
The controversial decision to sell tickets this year marked a new chapter in the event’s 54- year history, which had previously relied upon donations.
Tickets were put on sale at the beginning of last month after safety concerns were raised regarding the capacity of the park.
Organisers said the 21,500 capacity had previously been well-exceeded leading to an increase in costs.
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