High winds and rain didn’t stop crowds flocking to Chester Racecourse on Saturday for the Lions Club annual fireworks extravaganza.

The toddler display and the main displays went off on time despite the gusting winds and swirling rainfall.

The safe event has been organised by Chester Lions for more than 40 years.

The weather meant numbers were down on last year due but the Lions were extremely pleased with the spirit and goodwill that echoed around the racecourse on such a dreadful evening.

Lions Club president Tom Hand said: “Hot food and a hot toddy was certainly appreciated and full praise to all the live entertainers for their commitment to continue in such poor conditions.

“Obviously it goes without saying that costs are going up each year and without financial backing from the likes of CWAC and local businesses it would not have been possible to fund and stage this event.”

Anybody who is prepared to sponsor or part sponsor this event next year or in future years please contact Peter Upton on 01244 350903 or 07818 068 088.


Other firework events on the weekend included the Saughall Colts JFC bonfire and display on Sunday at the Greyhound Inn and another at Chester Fields restaurant in Mickle Trafford.

Some organisers left their celebrations to the ‘real’ Guy Fawkes night on Tuesday, November 5, including Great Barrow village fireworks display and Deeside Leisure Centre.

There will be a fireworks display at Helsby Community Sports Club on Friday, November 8. Gates open 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm.

The Cambrian Community are also hosting a fireworks display on Saturday, November 9, at Taylor’s Boatyard on Upper Cambrian View, at 6.30pm.