Wood shortage halts plans for popular fire display
Organisers have been forced to cancel a spectacular Guy Fawkes fire display due to lack of wood to build the stage set and bonfire.
Sticklepath Fireshow, an annual stage play and fireworks spectacular which attracts thousands of people to the Dartmoor village, was due to mark its 30th anniversary on November 5. But the donations of good-quality, waste timber, on which the event depends, have dwindled since the economic crash.
Each Bonfire Night in the village a wooden structure is created, based on a different theme kept top secret until the night, and a theatrical show is produced. At the end of the night an effigy of the man who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament is sent to a fiery end, as is the temporary stage.
The committee managed to rally support earlier this year, but now say they have taken the "difficult" decision to call off the show. But there are hopes the popular event, at Finch Foundry, will run again in 2014.
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Daisy Lewis, of the fireshow committee, said: "It is hoped that this fallow year can be used to take stock, during which the current core team can hand over to a brand new committee, as some key members will be stepping down at the next annual general meeting." The problem is collecting enough donated wood of good quality, as the show is a public event and must be safe. The other difficulty has been finding people who have the time to collect and deliver wood and suitable transport.
The show was previously in jeopardy after a reduction in volunteers. But at March's annual general meeting, an appeal for more volunteers led to two new committee members and a ray of hope. But the committee has abandoned plans this year.