The chairman of Events and Entertainment in Long Sutton (EELS) has apologised to disappointed people who turned out to see fireworks and a beacon lit in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The event was called off at the 11th hour and Jack Tyrrell, the EELS chairman and a district councillor, posted the news on Facebook to let as many people know as possible.
People still turned out and one told us: “There were no signs saying it had been cancelled, but people in the Royal British Legion said it had been. A lot of people had made special journeys to see the beacon and the fireworks, and to support the village.”
Coun Tyrrell said: “At the end of the day, I am the chairman and all I can do to the public who came is apologise.”
Red tape was partly to blame because EELS was given an official form saying the person setting off the fireworks needed a licence.
Coun Tyrrell said, as it turned out, a licence was not needed for the proposed small display but he had been hoping someone who had a licence would come forward so the event could go ahead.
He said EELS had organised free events in Long Sutton for the last six years, including Christmas fairs and Music in the Park, and “this is the first one to go wrong”.
Coun Tyrrell said: “I just ran out of time. I tried to pull it off and left it to the last minute.”