A business owner and fundraiser says he wants to cancel his annual fireworks display next year, due to ‘rubberneckers’ who refuse to pay entrance fees.
Harold Payne, owner of the Anglia Motel on the A17 in Fleet Hargate, has put on fireworks displays at the motel for 12 years, but says he is considering putting an end to the events.
The reason, Harold says, is that people gather on the roads surrounding the motel on the night of the displays and watch the event for free.
The ‘rubberneckers’, as Harold describes them, don’t pay the entrance fee required which all goes to charity.
Harold said: “Yet again a great event had a dampener put on it due to people stood on the roads watching instead of coming in and paying like everyone else – I don’t think I want to do it again next year.
“The event takes eight days to prepare and we put on £5,000 worth of fireworks.
“Entrance fees are only £5-£6 so it’s not very dear but some people just don’t want to pay – they get a great show for free which isn’t fair on the people who pay.
“I put around £3,000 of my own money into the event and I’m happy to as it’s all for a good cause and that’s what matters to me.
“What I think is bad is that they are taking money from charity which misses out because of these rubberneckers who get to see a great show for absolutely nothing and it’s not fair.”
The annual display was attended by over 700 people this year and was raising money for a meal and entertainment for local veterans.