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Public safety at events

27 October 2023

Unfortunately, Diss Town Council has had to take the decision not to permit the fireworks display due to take place on Rectory Meadow this November.

Although this will come as a disappointment to those who attend the event, after seeking professional advice from outside agencies, the safety of everyone involved and attending must take precedence.

We are grateful to the event organiser for his dedication to putting on this free to enter event for the community for many years and look forward to future events taking place in a safe and enjoyable environment.

As well as running our own events, we work with individuals and organisations in the town that wish to organise events on our land to ensure safety. Advice is always given to event organisers of the requirement to complete the relevant safety documentation.

The Town Council was approached on 21st September with a request to hold the firework display at Rectory Meadow, land owned by the Town Council. The Town Council, along with representatives from the County’s Safety Advisory Group, met with the event organiser on 11th October to discuss safety requirements. Unfortunately, there was insufficient time for the event organiser to pull together the required safety assurances for the event to go ahead this year.

We know this will be disappointing for those who usually attend this event but the Town Council has to put the safety of our community first.

Other local firework displays include Halloween Spooktacular & Firework Display at Applewood Countryside Holidays on Saturday 28th October, Worlingworth Firework Night and New Buckenham Bonfire & Fireworks on Saturday 4th November, Thetford Firework Spectacular brought to you by L Gray & Sons Funfairs and Attleborough Fireworks on Sunday 5th November.

Diss Town Council is keen to encourage volunteers to join its existing event committees to help plan our key events. If you have any spare time and would like to get involved in organising an event for your community, please get in touch on or call 01379 643848.

For more information on event planning, please visit

Public safety at events
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