LEDBURY'S Charity Fireworks Bonanza was held in the balance this week, as organisers pondered whether or not to postpone because of the state of the ground at Hazle Meadows, following heavy rains

But it's a big thumbs up for the event, which is expected to attract thousands of fun-seekers, young and old alike, to the venue off the Ross Road, on Saturday, November 2.

On Wednesday morning, the building of the huge bonfire began, following a decisive nod from organiser James Pugh, although his advice was that those attending "should bring their Wellies".

Mr Pugh said, after making the decision to go-ahead: "We are going to gamble. The show must go on. The ground is wet, but everywhere is wet; and the Fireworks Bonanza will go ahead, hopefully after England has won the Rugby World Cup."

The annual event, which regularly attracts up to 5000 onlookers, is one of the biggest diary dates on Ledbury's calendar.

Now in its fourth year, there will be something of a Halloween theme this year for Ledbury’s Charity Fireworks Bonanza, with a competition for the best Halloween outfit.

As well as raising money for good causes, Mr Pugh's aim in organising the bonfire event is to "provide an evening out that people will enjoy and remember".

Attractions this Saturday will include two big firework displays - by now a Ledbury tradition; live music, including the popular local band, Frontrunner, hot food, a bar, and rides with Rogers’ fun fair.

Sponsors include the main sponsor, HJ Pugh and Co; Marstons; Ledbury Rotary, whose members assist with the parking, and Westons.

The gates to Hazle Meadows will open at 4pm on the night, and the bonfire will be lit at 6pm. The first firework display will be at 6.30pm and the second will be at 7.30pm.

Tickets: from Pugh’s Offices, LDA Meats and Cameron and Swan and the Number One Sandwich Shop.

Tickets will also be available on the night.