Popular West Acre Halloween and bonfire evening is no washout
Heavy rain did not defeat the many people who had worked hard to make West Acre’s annual Halloween bonfire night on Saturday night a success.
Nor could it wash out an enormous bonfire that lit up the night sky.
What saved the evening was a bit of good fortune. The heavy rain that fell during the day eased before the official start of the event on the village’s recreation ground which was also helped by a ground that absorbed the downpour like a sponge.
Organiser, Kelly Smith, was asked what they would have done had the rain continued.
She said: “We didn’t have the option. We couldn’t cancel because we already had all the beer and all the meat for the barbeque. So we were going to soldier on and see who turned up.”
Normally the event attracts an audience estimated at between four and five hundred.
“Luckily lots of people turned up, though not as many as we would normally have expected, but enough people to enjoy the event.
“So we lit the fire a little earlier. It’s the first year we’ve had rain,” she added.
There was a roundabout and sideshows to keep the younger generation entertained, as well as a junior fancy dress competition won by Amaroo, Takoda and Brisaira Abraham.
Mulled wine was on hand to warm chilled hands and stomachs and traditional Halloween soup, made from a locally grown pumpkin, was offered alongside the more traditional tomato soup. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
The bonfire is a collective village effort. Residents scour gardens, the churchyard and the surrounding countryside for every bit of burnable material they can find. It’s a task started several weeks before the event.
West Acre and the neighbouring village of East Walton organise their bonfire nights so that they do not clash. East Walton will hold a Guy Fawkes bonfire night this coming weekend.