Annual Fakenham firework display tribute to troops

Fakenham's annual firework display will benefit the forces' charity Help for Heroes this year in honour of the sacrifices made by the Light Dragoons in Afghanistan.

Fakenham's annual firework display will benefit the forces' charity Help for Heroes this year in honour of the sacrifices made by the Light Dragoons in Afghanistan.

This summer, more than 300 of the Swanton Morley-based soldiers have been involved in some of the fiercest battles with the Taliban since the start of the conflict.

Four Light Dragoons and two members of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to the regiment have been killed, while many more have been wounded.

So organisers of Fakenham's annual firework show decided a share of any profits from the event should go to the charity which helps support injured servicemen and women.


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Stuart Cuttler, president of the Fakenham and District Chamber of Trade, said: 'We just thought it was such a worthy cause because the Dragoons are based close to us and they have had a rough time this year.

'We want to show our support for what they have been doing for us and we are proud to be able to do something for them.'

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Other local organisations will also be supported by the event, which usually brings a crowd of up to 4,000 people.

The 2009 firework display will be held on Saturday 7 November at Fakenham Racecourse.

Gates will open at 5pm for the funfair, with the main display at 6.30pm. There will also be a raffle with a first prize of a two-night break at one of Exclusive Norfolk Holidays' self-catering cottages, courtesy of Pure Lettings.

Advance tickets are available at:

t Lawnwise and Leisure, Fakenham, 01328 851251

t The Eye Man, Fakenham, 01328 855051

t Carl Lake Butchers, Fakenham and Holt

t Martins Newsagents, Wells

t Burnham Motors Garage, Burnham Market

t Mileham Post Office

t Melton Constable Co-op

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