‘Leave your cars at home’ – wet weather scuppers parking at Whimple’s firework display

Wet weather and sodden ground has prompted Whimple Cricket Club bonfire night organisers to urge visitors to leave their cars at home tomorrow (Saturday).

The announcement was made earlier today on social media, saying previous plans to use a nearby field for parking was no longer possible because of the wet weather.

The organisers are urging people to walk, or use public transport to reach the cricket ground, and have set up a free shuttle bus from Cranbrook train station.

The free bus from Cranbrook train station will begin picking up passengers at 5pm and half-hourly thereafter until 6.30pm.

Return trips start at 8pm and will run half-hourly for as long as required.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Due to wet weather, we have had to make a few changes to the organisation of the event.

“Previous plans to use a local field for parking are no longer possible. Parking at the cricket club and surrounding area is limited.

“We would ask as many people as possible to use the train and walk to the club.

“If you do have to drive, we would encourage you to park at Cranbrook and take the bus.

“There is some roadside parking within the village, and we will have marshals on hand to assist with this.”

Gates open at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 2, at Whimple Cricket Club. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm.

The bars and food stalls close 10 minutes before the fireworks start.

There will be live music in the clubhouse after the fireworks.

Food and drink will be available from the clubhouse, outside food stalls and bars and visiting food stalls.

Visitors are advised to take cash along for the stalls.

All drinks will be served in reusable plastics, with a £1 returnable deposit. The event is glass-free.

Entrance to the event is by the main cricket club gate. The Whimple parish field will be closed for the event for health and safety reasons.

Those attending the event are asked to take along proof of any online purchases, either printed tickets or on the Eventbrite app.

Sparklers are not permitted at the event.

To keep up to date with any further changes, see here.

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