PICTURES: Buxton Lion’s 60th bonfire celebrations

A team of volunteers made the 60th annual bonfire so successful
A team of volunteers made the 60th annual bonfire so successful

More than 3,000 people turned up to the biggest bonfire the town has seen in years as Buxton Lions celebrate 60 years of fireworks.

Good weather saw the crowd triple from last year and families were queuing from the Cricket Club down the road for 200 yards and the lighting of the bonfire was delayed to ensure everyone was in.

The Buxton Lions and the mascot ready to welcome crowds to the bonfire

The Buxton Lions and the mascot ready to welcome crowds to the bonfire

Lions president, Henry Kukiewicz, said: “It was a phenomenal event and it was unbelievable to see so many people had come out.

“I have only been in Buxton nine years but I am told by other longer-serving members the celebrations on Saturday were the biggest and best in many years.”
Hearts stopped when the countdown failed to start the firework display fortunately Pains, the professionals who have managed the Buxton fireworks for many years, quickly managed to correct a technical fault and another count down set off 20 minutes of pyrotechnics.

Henry added: “We are absolutely delighted that the event was so successful and safe. As a result we will be able to support many more local worthy causes in the coming year. Our thanks go to all those who supported and attended and we hope to see you all back again in 2017.”

For more information on the Buxton Lions visit www.buxtonlions.com

The effigy of Guy Fawkes ready to be burnt on the bonfire

The effigy of Guy Fawkes ready to be burnt on the bonfire

Helpers and volunteers get ready to take Guy Fawkes to the bonfire

Helpers and volunteers get ready to take Guy Fawkes to the bonfire