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Abbey Gardens Fireworks in Bury St Edmunds will not go ahead in November 2023 Round Table confirm





A popular town centre firework display will not be going ahead this year, with organisers saying they feel as disappointed as everyone else.

Over the last 30 years the Abbey Gardens fireworks in Bury St Edmunds have raised thousands of pounds for good causes.

However this year the Bury St Edmunds Round Table have announced there will be no display at the town park, as a drop in the number of its members has made it too difficult to run.

Bury St Edmunds FIreworks in the Abbey Gardens. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bury St Edmunds FIreworks in the Abbey Gardens. Picture: Mecha Morton

Charlie Athorne, from the Round Table, said: “So much work goes into the organisation of the event. The most important thing for us is that we put on a safe event and we would never want to compromise that in any way.”

Explaining that it takes 70 volunteers to help put on the fireworks, he added: “With the location – it really takes a team effort to put it on.”

He added: “We are really proud of the Kings Coronation Concert that we were able to put on for the town in May.”

The Abbey Gardens Fireworks in Bury St Edmunds will not be taking place in 2023. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Abbey Gardens Fireworks in Bury St Edmunds will not be taking place in 2023. Picture: Mecha Morton

“No one is more disappointed that the fireworks aren’t happening this year than we are.”

In 2022 the Bury St Edmunds Round Table Fireworks Spectacular sold out for the first time, with five thousand tickets sold.

This followed a two year break due to the pandemic.

Despite approaching Bury St Edmunds Town Council and other organisations in the town to help put on the fireworks in 2023, Mr Athorne said that ‘timings-wise things didn’t line-up’.

He hopes that the Abbey Gardens Display will be able to go ahead in 2024, either run or supported by the Round Table, however this would mean more men would need to join the group.

Mr Athorne admitted there was now a real concern that the Round Table wouldn’t be able to continue as numbers have dropped from 25 to just eight, since last year.

The Round Table is a national organisation with local groups, in Bury they have previously helped charities including SARS and Gatehouse. Any male aged between 18 – 45 can join.

Anyone interested in joining the Bury group can email: buryroundtable@gmail.com

Currently the Round Table are planning for their annual santa sleigh trip around Bury.