By Jonathan White
The 36th annual Wistaston Fireworks Display went off with a bang as hundreds of villagers came out to support the events.

The event began with the judging of the children’s best pumpkin and best fancy dress competitions.

Then there was a procession, led by bagpiper Reg Flower, to the Eric Swan Sports Ground off Church Lane where the fireworks display took place in front of around 1,000 people.

Results of the children’s best pumpkin competition, judged by Laurie Clough (Wistonian of the Year), were:
– 1st prize (£5) – Alice Buckley with her ‘punk rocket’.
– 2nd (£3) – Harry Wardle with his ‘ghost ship’.
– 3rd (£2) – Harry Valentine with his ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’.

The results of the children’s best fancy dress competition, also judged by Laurie, were:
– 1st prize (£5) – Lewis Rossiter as a ‘Werewolf’.
– 2nd (£3) – Tiffany Greensmith as a ‘Witch’.
– 3rd (£2) – Lauren Rossiter as a ‘Zombie’.

Wistaston fireworks 2013Crewe-based online community radio station RedShift Radio provided, set-up and staffed the PA system before the fireworks and played the music during the display.

Liz Southall, Redshift’s co-founder, got the crowd warmed up before the display.

Children’s fancy dress competition winner Lewis Rossiter started the fireworks display from a safe distance via a remote control unit.

Professional fireworks company Comet Fireworks organised the 12 minute display which took 12 hours to setup and included shells, cakes, mines and Roman candles and the ‘Roadrunner’ cartoon character.

The 35th South West Cheshire, Wistaston Scout Group served hot and cold drinks and food during the event, while Wistaston Community Council members sold candyfloss and ‘Stevo’s Glows’ sold children’s flashing novelties.

The event was organised by the Wistaston Community Council and funded by the Wistaston Community Council, Wistaston Parish Council and PA4You Ltd.

Dane Chaplow, chairman of  Wistaston Community Council, said: “The children’s competitions were well supported.

“The procession went like a charm and very few motorists were held up.

“They arrived at the Eric Swan Sports Ground on time, where the Scouts were already serving hotdogs, hamburgers, soup, coffee and tea.

“RedShift Radio once again provided excellent music and Comet Fireworks provided a fantastic display.

“It was a great turnout given the weather and the best ever fireworks and music and we thank our supporters and volunteers for their help and the public for attending this annual event.”

Wistaston Community Council needs new members to help organise events throughout the year.

Anyone interested can visit for more information.

(All pictures courtesy of Jonathan White)

Wistaston bets dressed pumpkin

Wistaston fireworks

Redshift Radio at Wistaston fancy dress

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