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Southwark Park fireworks cancelled for the second year running because of high costs

There will be no fireworks in Southwark Park for the second year in a row – this year because it would be too expensive.

The fireworks had run for sixteen years straight until last year, when they were cancelled because of the government’s social distancing rules.

Southwark Council, which holds the November firework display said that the £100,000 of public money the local authority spends on the display cannot be justified, given the impact of Covid-19 on its finances.

Cllr Alice Macdonald added that the council wants to focus on more practical ways of helping people and businesses in the area recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Macdonald, who is cabinet member for equalities, neighbours and leisure, said: “I am sorry to say that after careful consideration, Southwark Council will not be holding a fireworks display in 2021.

“The impact of COVID-19 on the borough and the public purse means that the council just cannot justify spending £100,000 of public money on this event.

“We know some residents will be disappointed by this decision, but I hope they understand that the council needs to focus all its resources and energies on supporting residents and businesses in the most effective way, as we recover from the pandemic.”



  1. Southwark council for the past 5yrs have been removing anything they think is a waste of money from waste bins, hanging baskets to flower beds service and problems that they have created. Southwark Park is leased out for events yet.
    Very little money is put back into this Park.
    As for helping out local residents and businesses who would want to visit a area that resembles a poverty stricken from the 1920 with flytipping, flithy streets, high levels pollution, building construction and poorly maintained road.
    This was all before Covid-19 (pandemic)

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