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Bishop's Stortford rugby club fireworks display: Everything you need to know about Saturday evening's event



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Bonfire Night fireworks displays return this weekend after an enforced absence in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Parsonage Residents Association's display on the Parsonage Lane playing field having been put back to the end of November to coincide with a Christmas fayre, all eyes and ears in Bishop's Stortford will be focused on Silver Leys.

The rugby club's 18th annual display, in conjunction with Essex Pyrotechnics and sponsored by Hanbury Wealth, takes place on Saturday (Nov 6). The gates open at 5pm and the sky will be alight at 7pm. The event concludes at 9pm.

Bishop's Stortford rugby club's annual fireworks display. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823381)
Bishop's Stortford rugby club's annual fireworks display. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823381)

Other attractions include a fully-stocked bar, a barbecue and a hot drinks and cake stall. For children, there will be a funfair, a sweet shop and the opportunity to buy light toys. There will be live music before and after the fireworks, so there's no need to join the rush to leave.

Advance tickets are available online only at www.bsrfctickets.co.uk. They cost £17.50 for a family of two adults and two children (aged 2-17), £6 for an additional adult or unaccompanied child and £4 for an additional accompanied child. Children under two are admitted free.

You will be emailed your tickets upon purchase. Take that e-mail with you on the night, either as a hard copy or on your phone, as a mobile scanning app will be used on the gates to speed up the entry process.

Emily and Lily enjoy the funfair rides. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823386)
Emily and Lily enjoy the funfair rides. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823386)

Online sale of tickets will cease at 3pm on Saturday (Nov 6). You can get in on the night by paying cash or contactless transaction, but prices rise to £20 for a family, £9 for an additional adult or unaccompanied child and £5 for an extra accompanied child. There will be no readmittance.

The club will not be accepting £50 notes as means of payment anywhere on the night. It says: "We've been caught out in the past by unscrupulous guests and it's an expensive mistake we have no intention of repeating."

All money raised will be used to improve the club's changing facilities.

BSRFC says: "Unfortunately we have had to raise our ticket prices slightly this year to help us cover a multitude of increased costs. This is the first increase since 2015 and is not a decision we have taken lightly. We sincerely hope that, like us, you conclude that the small increase still represents good value for money."

Bishop's Stortford rugby club's annual fireworks display. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823389)
Bishop's Stortford rugby club's annual fireworks display. Pic: Vikki Lince (52823389)

For anyone concerned about Covid, hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and at all concession points.

The club says: "Whilst this is predominantly an outdoor event and whilst the risk of infection is much lower than in confined spaces, we must be mindful that the virus is still prevalent in the East Herts area. It is sensible therefore to continue to take precautions and we will be following the 'Hands, Face, Space' maxim wherever possible."

There is no on-site parking. The club asks people driving to the event to park with consideration for its neighbours and not to obstruct Patmore Close, opposite Silver Leys, which is home to the fire and ambulance services.

Visitors are asked not to take sparklers as the rugby pitches need to be safe for children to play on the next morning.

Finally, the club says: "No dogs will be admitted – even if they do have a ticket!"



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