On Saturday 30th October Shaldon happily welcomed back our annual Bonfire and Fireworks after last year’s enforced cancellation. The Vikings landed on Shaldon Beach in their magnificent Longship which was then set spectacularly alight by the Shaldon Water Carnival Queen, Olivia O’Connell, in front of thousands of spectators of all ages. An awesome firework display over the estuary followed, dedicated to our beloved ferry man, Dave Bayliss.
It is only possible to stage this free family event each year because of the donations we receive from the public and our brilliant local businesses. In a new initiative for 2021, spectators were able to donate online for the first time, as well as putting cash in our collection buckets on the night. The total raised by public donations this year was over £4700: a truly amazing amount, showing just how much the event was enjoyed and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who contributed, including those village businesses who also donated significant sums in support: Coast View Holiday Park, the Ferry Boat Inn, the London Inn, Lollie Bean, Ink Pad and the Village Stores. This great support means that Shaldon Bonfire and Fireworks will return in 2022!
Absolutely vital to the success of the 2021 event were our many hardworking volunteers –
Our fabulous bonfire building boys: Andy Burnham, James and Matt Crawford, Derek Woodward, Maurizio Pupi, Richard Salmon, Ian Clarke, Paul Edworthy, Stuart Tait, Simon Dorey, Spencer Williams, David Burnham, Harry Gorton, Matt Medwin, Ken Coulson, Tim O’Donnell, Rosie Burnham and indispensable fire safety consultant, Colin Stidworthy;
Our brilliant bucket collectors: Alistair and Judy Dewhirst, Peter Stokes’ team, Ken Coulson, Jenny and Andrew Fryer, Simon Stollery, Georgina and Nigel Clarke, Kirsten and Paul Abrams, Paul Conlan and James Landell;
The cracking catering team on the fundraising Shaldon Parish Council BBQ stall: Tim Biddlestone, Geoff and Trisha Hobbs, Danielle, Jeremy and Yasmin Westlake, Nicola and Brian Hamblin, Cheryl Hulbert, Andy Miller, Bert Pitman, Robbie Wright, Rita Nebbett and Janet Pupi;
The learned judges of the Shaldon Best Viking Guy Competition (which was won by Emilia and James Upton): Celia and John Woodgates and Sandra Darbyshire of the Over 60s Club;
Our peerless PA team: Chris Clarance for his untiring PA work and Steve Astbury for his technical support. Chris also co-ordinated the demanding task of counting and banking all the bucket donations, together with Sally Clarance, Denise Bufton and Tim Biddlestone.
The following people and organisations contributed equally vital supplies and assistance – Mike Bolsworth, John Tull, Peter French, and Red Rock Electrical.
So many volunteers coming together to put on this event is a brilliant example of Shaldon’s very special community spirit, and you should give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back. Well done all, and thank you!