West Acre enjoys the best of both at Halloween bonfire

Friends Jennifer Brown (left) and Suzanna Matthews-Allea (Suzanna Matthews-Allea) enjoying the Halloween fun MLNF14PB11015 ANL-140311-134150001

Friends Jennifer Brown (left) and Suzanna Matthews-Allea (Suzanna Matthews-Allea) enjoying the Halloween fun MLNF14PB11015 ANL-140311-134150001

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It was a perfect evening combining the best in autumn fun and frolics as West Acre hosted its annual Halloween Bonfire Night on Friday.

The mild October weather brought out what was thought to have been a record attendance for the night.

Halloween bonfire night at West Acre MLNF14PB11016 ANL-140311-134511001

Halloween bonfire night at West Acre MLNF14PB11016 ANL-140311-134511001

More than 400 parents and children enjoyed the enormous bonfire, the fireworks, a fancy-dress competition and fairground sideshows. More than £1,000 was taken at the gate which not only paid for the fireworks but left a tidy sum over for the village hall fund.

Residents had spent weeks building the fire with wood from their gardens and the grounds of the parish church.

“It’s a village tradition to hold a summer fete and Halloween bonfire,” said event organiser, Kelly Smith.

“We call it a Halloween bonfire so we don’t clash with nearby East Walton who hold a Guy Fawkes bonfire night.

“West Acre is a lovely little village; everyone is very friendly and bonfire night has got bigger and bigger over the years.”