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Firework Fiesta Needs a New Home

Nene Park Trust can today confirm that the Firework Fiesta event will not be returning to Ferry Meadows in the future.

Over the past 25 years, the Trust has actively supported Firework Fiesta and worked closely with the organisers to help them host the event. However, in recent years, the Trust has also had to request that the organisers make a number of improvements, including arrangements for ensuring the safe and efficient movement of the vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This has been based on the Trust's requirements for holding large events in Ferry Meadows, and the advice of the other agencies across the City.

After last year's Firework Fiesta, the Trust immediately advised the organisers that a great deal of additional work would be necessary if the event were to return in 2011. As has now been widely reported, the event organisers were unable to meet these requests and did not to put alternative plans into place for holding the event elsewhere.

In view of the enjoyment that the event creates for so many local people, and the important contribution it can make in support of local charities, the Trust is urging the organisers to now focus their efforts on finding a new location that will allow the event to continue to grow.

Our Chief Executive has offered to meet with a representative from the Firework Fiesta Committee later this month to again outline the main reasons why the event needs a new home, and to offer some advice on how the Committee may wish to develop the event based on the Trusts experience of hosting and running over 200 smaller events a year in the Park, including around 30 events run by other charities.

Although we are aware that many Park visitors and local residents agree that the event had outgrown Ferry Meadows, the removal of Firework Fiesta from our extensive event programme is disappointing news across the City. However, through our continuing major improvement programme, we will ensure that the Park still provides a wide range of other high quality events, activities and facilities for Peterborough residents and visitors.