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Donnington bonfire goes off with a bang

Telford | News | Published:

It's a town's biggest annual bonfire event – and this year proved no different, despite the rain.

Families and residents donned their wellies, wrapped up warm and flocked to the annual Donnington Bonfire and Fireworks display in Telford.

It included a mammoth bonfire made up of hundreds of stacked pallets which took weeks to assemble, a fun fair and two firework displays.

The Mitchell family have been organising the popular event for the past 33 years.

As usual, the fireworks display was accompanied by a huge fun fair at the Broad Oak Playing Fields off Wellington Road in Donnington, complete with thrill rides and traditional stalls like hook a duck.

And there were large crowds at the event despite the driving rain and a stiff wind.

The borough's other main bonfire event is the Brookside Big Bang in the south of Telford near the Windmill School, which also took place on Saturday night.

Money from car parking fees of £2 at Broad Oaks Field at Donnington went to the Telford Sea Cadets.

The event closed with a grand finale at 10pm.

Wellington Road, Donnington, was closed except for access to car parks from 3.45pm.

Yesterday, the big clear-up was under way to move the rides and stalls off the playing fields.

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