A huge 'THANK YOU' to everyone who attended the display in November, and also to the countless people who helped out organising yet another safe and enjoyable community event for all, especially St. Michael's Middle School Association, Fiesta Fireworks and Auryn Management.
Our 'Best Of British' synchronised display saluted an incredible year that enjoyed the splendour of the Diamond Jubilee and marveled at the UK's tremendous success in a multitude of sporting events.
This year we raised well over TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS for good causes, and the Ferndown-based John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation also benefitted through pound-for-pound community matching from Barclays.
All being well, the longest display in Dorset will be back in 2013 - our 10th anniversary - so we're planning a rather special display as a way of saying 'thank you' to the thousands of people who have supported the event through the years.
Last, but not least, a special mention to Heart FM, the Daily Echo, Damory Coaches, Wimborne Market, PressPlus Ltd. of Ferndown, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Bournemouth Air Traffic Control, Dorset County Council, Wimborne Tourist Information Office and the AA, for helping with the additional logistics.
And finally... for those that always ask, the 'Best of British' music track was a combined mix of "Titles [from Chariots of Fire]" by Vangelis, "Caliburn's Dream" by Underworld, "Zadok the Priest" by G.F. Handel, "Jupiter [extract from the Planets Suite]" by Gustav Holst, "Paradise [instrumental version]" by Coldplay, "James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman, and "March No.1 'Pomp and Circumstance'" by Elgar. 10 points if you identified all seven!
...see you in November!