A POPULAR firework display is at risk of being cancelled for the first time in 35 years.
Solihull Round Table, which runs the annual event in Tudor Grange Park, fears it will have to pull the plug if it doesn’t get backing from the local community.
Over the decades, the event has raised more than £100,000 for borough charities - but now the recession has taken its toll. This week, organisers made an urgent appeal for new sponsors.
Karl Thorpe, from Solihull Round Table, said: “We know that a lot of businesses are finding times tougher than usual because of the current economic crisis but we are calling on them to dig deep to help return the feelgood factor to Solihull.
“The event offers a wonderful opportunity for businesses to support the community and demonstrate corporate social responsibility if they have an existing programme, or if they do not have one yet.”
Normally there is an entrance fee, but this year the organisers were hoping to make the event free - which is why sponsors are more critical than ever.
Among the good causes which would benefit from this year’s event are the Round Table Children’s Wish. The scheme helps grant the wishes of youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.
If you can help this Bonfire Night go off with a bang, not a whimper call Karl on 07879 466385 or email him Solihullrtfireworks@yahoo.com.