School fireworks display is a touching tribute to former organiser Colin

PUBLISHED: 13:08 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:32 11 November 2015

The firework display at Icknield Walk First School. PICTURE: David Hatton.

The firework display at Icknield Walk First School. PICTURE: David Hatton.

David H Hatton, 2015

In a touching tribute to the former event organiser, the first bombardment of fireworks at Icknield Walk First School was dedicated to the late Colin Freeman.

Daughter Zoe Freeman, wife Diane Freeman, and daughter Amy Ogilvie.Daughter Zoe Freeman, wife Diane Freeman, and daughter Amy Ogilvie.

A huge crowd gathered to watch as the loud crackling fireworks exploded in the sky at Saturday’s event at the school.

For the previous 24 years, the display was put on by Colin Freeman and Steve Johnson. Both of these men had children at the school when the fireworks event first started, and did it free of charge.

Headteacher Jane Sherwood said: “Sadly Colin died in the summer and so we thought that we wouldn’t be able to have any more displays as Colin was the trained firework expert.

“However, the company that we buy our fireworks from – Pyrovision – very kindly provided an operative free of charge for our fireworks on Saturday and he worked alongside Steve.

“We started our show with some very special fireworks dedicated to Colin’s memory, they were bright with loud bangs - just the sort that Colin liked best.

“Before the show started I spoke to the crowd about Colin and how his volunteering every year not only made money for the school but also provided a professional and spectacular show for the community. The crowd applauded his memory. His wife was there – unfortunately his children were unable to attend but they sent us a card to show they were thinking about us – and I stood with her during the fireworks, she shed a few tears but was really grateful to have Colin remembered in this very special way.”

An estimated £2,500 was raised.

Town mayor Ben Lewis said: “It was brilliant. It was a fantastic display.

“The event was really well organised by the PTA and staff. The hot chocolate was superb.”

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