The return of the Gray’s Family to Earlham Park – Future Radio’s Kate Roma talks to Jonathan Grey

By Daniel Wilson - Posted on 18 October 2013

It’s been 30 years since Norwich’s Gray’s Family first brought fireworks to Earlham Park but on November 2nd they return, with a very big bang! In the early 1980’s showman Clifford Gray offered to fund a bonfire and fireworks display at Earlham Park for families far and wide. The extravaganza, dreamt up to help bring the community together, was so successful the family went on to run it for the next 20 years. The council then took over the event for over a decade but this year, after rapidly increasing costs and the double-dip recession, the council went out to a hotly contested tender process, which saw the Gray’s family once again hosting the show. Jonathan Gray, the third generation of his family to take the event’s reigns, has big plans to give the show a carnival feel and grow every year across the 4 year contract. Earlham Park Bonfire & Fireworks is the only fireworks event in Norwich to host a bonfire and has introduce a family ticket. Costing £15 they are available for limited time only. There is also a UEA student ticket and a guaranteed freeze on price increases on standard tickets so that the event is affordable for the whole community. Partners include: Dime Events, Skinny Kitten Events, and Future Radio. Sponsor: East Coast Truckers Charity Stage run by: Get on the Soap Box Gates open at 1600 Children’s’ fireworks at 1830 Bonfire lit at 1930 Fireworks display at 2100 Gates close at 2300 Ticket outlets – Sainsbury’s: Pound Lane, Water Lane, Queens Road Tourist Information and UEA One year the EDP and Times Newspaper even proclaimed it was one of the best events in the country.

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