A HUGELY popular annual firework display will go ahead after a funding issue had thrown it into jeopardy.
Generous businesses and organisations have rallied behind Worthing Lions’ firework display, which is set to take place at Bartie Presents’s Tide of Light event on November 5, in a bid to save the night.
The charity had struggled to secure all of the funds needed to cover the firework display, casting doubt on whether or not it would actually happen.
However, Muldoons café, W Welch’s estate agents, Cole’s Funfair and the Worthing Town Centre Initiative have all given financial backing to the charity to ensure bonfire night in Worthing will go off with a bang after all.
Marian Down, Worthing Lion’s PR representative, said: “This is the third year it’s happened and it’s become such an enormous event that’s given so much pleasure to so many people.
“The prom is heaving – you can’t move. The cafés and pubs all benefit. It’s just a win win situation and we are so very grateful to the Town Centre Initiative, Bill Cole, Muldoons and W Welch’s that it’s going ahead.”
The Tide of Light attracts thousands to the town every year and provides a welcome boost to the local economy.
It includes free lantern crafting, a children’s parade, live music, street food and performers.
Sponsors this year are made up of Michael Jones, Wandering Goose, Cow Shed, Beach House, Coast Café, Crab Shack and Harry Ramsden’s.
Chris Spratt, chairman of the Worthing Town Centre Initiative, said: “The Lions’ Tide of Light event is an important evening for Worthing Town centre and its business community. We ask people who come down to enjoy the display dig deep to help the Lions raise money for many good causes.”
Meanwhile, Wes Welch, director of W Welch, said: “It is such a wonderful, memorable award-winning event for the whole family raising important funds for Worthing Lions and much needed funds for local causes and as a local business it means a lot to help this event go ahead and be part of such an amazing evening.”
Muldoons’ director Louis Chandler added that his business was proud to be a part of Tide of Light and Bill Cole said he had been involved with Worthing Lions for over 30 years and knew just how much good they did for the town.
For more information, visit www.tideoflight.co.uk
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