Entry to popular Chesterfield bonfire will no longer be free

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Admission to the annual fireworks display at Stand Road Park in Chesterfield will no longer be free.

Chesterfield Borough Council has confirmed the popular event will now cost £1 per person to enter with under-fives getting in for free.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism at the council, said: “At a time when our budgets are being cut significantly by the Government, this nominal charge will cover part of the £15,000 cost of running this popular event.

“Most large firework displays in the region have charged for entry over many years and when we set our budgets in February we announced that we would introduce a similar small charge as we could no longer afford to offer it for free.

“A £1 charge to enjoy a fantastic show that is widely accepted as being one of the best around the area still represents great value for money,” she added.

A spokesman for the authority added: “Councils have no obligation to run events of this nature and many councils around the UK no longer run firework displays due to the cost of providing them.”

The display will take place between 5pm and 10pm on Wednesday, November 5.

For more information about the event, visit www.visitchesterfield.info