I’ve been going to the Blackheath fireworks for years, usually with a large group of friends and family. It’s one of the highlights of the Phantom Year, but I have a horrid feeling this one may be the last for some time.
If memory serves, about 80,000 people make the trip up the hill to see the show, and one of the reasons why it has to be free is that there are just so many entrances to a public heath that, unlike many boroughs, it’s impossible to fence-off a paid-for area for people to stand in.
That’s Greenwich residents as well as Lewisham people, but you wouldn’t know it from the way Greenwich Council dumped on Lewisham a few weeks ago, pulling out of their part of the shared-costs agreement and leaving Lewisham to foot the bill.
I know things are tight and they’re frankly getting tighter, but this, to me was downright shabby of Greenwich. I could understand if, with proper notice, they pulled out of next year’s extravaganza (though I hope against hope the fireworks can still happen) but this year? With just weeks to go and, presumably contracts all signed?
I don’t normally have the time of day for Lewisham Council, but I feel for a bunch of people left holding the sparkly baby, to honour, presumably, committments already made.
I’m sure you’ve come across the cyber-begging bowl already, but I’m mentioning it again. I enjoy those fireworks hugely and I am happy to help out on this occasion. If you feel the same, you can easily make a Paypal or similar donation here.
I truly hope this won’t be the end of the Blackheath fireworks; that local firms, like the ones who have already stepped in to help this year at short notice, will make a more long-term comitiment. I name – and thank - them here:
No thanks to Greenwich Council.