UPDATE 12th November:
Henley Round Table is deeply disappointed and sorry that this year’s firework display did not happen.
We take great pride in organising what is usually a fantastic evening for our local community. The event has been running for 42 years and this situation has never happened before. Our volunteers put a great deal of time and effort into organising the event and proceeds go to local charities and good causes.
On Saturday evening the computer firing system failed and the professional fireworks company, who have been running the display successfully for many years, could not resolve the problem despite their best efforts.
We took the difficult decision not to provide refunds as we felt this would be impractical to administer. Instead we will waive next year’s entrance fee for all those who attended this year. Since this will also be challenging to administer, it will be based on trust.
We are reviewing the plans for next year, paying particular attention to contingencies, to ensure this does not happen again.
As ever, all proceeds from this event will go to local good causes. Next week we will be handing over a cheque for £10,000 to Bishopswood Special School towards a new fully accessible minibus for delivery in Spring 2016.
We are grateful to all those who have contacted us with words of support.
Henley Round Table
Please see below for an open letter from our fireworks provider: