A highlight of this year's Farnham Fireworks and Torchlit Procession was the Fifty for Fawkes Guy competition, which attracted entries from more than a dozen schools, charities, and community groups in exchange for £50 each.
St Mary’s School in Frensham clinched the coveted top spot, chosen by gold sponsors Guardian Angel Carers, with The Ridgeway School securing the runner-up position, chosen by the chairman of fireworks organisers Farnham Round Table, Nigel Davison.
Their efforts soon went up in smoke on the magnificent bonfire, however, lit by the mayor of Farnham, Alan Earwaker, and Guardian Angel director Tim, a former RAF Chinook pilot.
Afterwards, the crowd enjoyed a breathtaking 15-minute professional fireworks display to music. And despite a late downpour, many stayed on until 9pm to enjoy a second live set by ska band Jungle Brew on the main stage, introduced by Lee Moran from silver sponsor Moran Roofing.
There was also a street food village, Hog’s Back Brewery bar, mulled wine, Taiko drummers and more to enjoy throughout the evening.
And prior to the lighting of the bonfire, a captivating torchlit procession snaked its way from Farnham town centre to the park, with a column of flickering torches following the lead of mayor Alan Earwaker, Round Table chair Nigel, Tim from Guardian Angel Carers, and Zebiba, a young lady supported by youth homelessness charity Step by Step, to the rhythm of the Reading Pipers Band.
In all, almost 8,000 eager spectators ignored the gloomy weather forecast to enjoy the dazzling Farnham Fireworks and Torchlit Procession on Saturday, November 4 – helping organisers Farnham Round Table raise £45,000 for local good causes.
Farnham Round Table chair Nigel expressed his gratitude to the dozens of local groups and businesses that contributed their time and resources to make the event a resounding success.
Among the local heroes mentioned were Farnham 3rd, 11th, and Network Scouts, 41 Club, Hedgehogs, Farnham Youth Choir, Farnham Cricket Club, Hale Community Centre, Tootsies, Potters Gate School, Abbey School, various Bourne-based sports clubs, St Andrew’s School, and St Mary’s School, Frensham.
This year’s event witnessed one of its longest-ever torchlit processions between Waggon Yard and Farnham Park
Farnham Round Table is a social and charitable organisation for men aged 18 to 45 years old. It organises community events, social activities, and raises money for local good causes, including charities, schools, sports clubs, and food banks. The club welcomes new members to join them at their meetings and events to get involved and make new friends while supporting their local community.