eBay auction to boost Lewisham fireworks kitty

As we've reported before, Lewisham Council has asked the public to contribute to this year's Bonfire Night fireworks display, after Greenwich Council withdrew its funding.

Now, having raised £11,500, they are organising eBay auctions to raise extra cash. We can't work out whether we think this is inspiring or humiliating, but it's probably the shape of more things to come. Given the effort it's taken to raise the cash so-far, it probably makes looks Brockley Central look like an efficient way to make money. Here are the details:

Lewisham Council is aiming to boost its public appeal for donations towards this year’s Blackheath fireworks on 6 November by offering the chance to bid on eBay for a VIP night out at South London’s largest firework display. The VIP package includes the privilege of starting the firework display itself.

Blackheath fireworks has established itself as one of the biggest, best, and most popular free fireworks displays in the capital. Last year some 80,000 people flocked to the historic heath to see a stunning display. However, this year’s £36,000 shortfall in funding saw Lewisham Council launch a public appeal for donations on 14 September. So far, almost £11,500 has been raised through public donation and through local Blackheath businesses such as Glendale and The Clarendon Hotel, as well as restaurants Chapters, Bella Vista and Everest Inn. Once again this year the event will also be generously backed by independent fund management company GLC Ltd, who have been involved with the Blackheath Fireworks display since 1994.

The eBay auction will start at 7pm on Thursday 21 October with a starting price of just 99p. Bidding will continue until 7pm on Sunday 31 October.

To bid during the bidding period, go to www.lewisham.gov.uk/fireworks


Anonymous said...

Can't see any eBay links on there

Brockley Nick said...

Additional info - the links will only be live during the bidding period (at the bottom of the article).

drakefell debaser said...

I think it is a bit of both, humiliating how Greenwich council left them high and dry but well done to Lewisham for doing all they can to make it happen.

Hopefully they will find away to prevent Greenwich council execs from being able to watch it.

Matt-Z said...

Will there be poeple from the council shaking buckets and collecting on the night? People will no doubt throw in some change.

Anonymous said...

Lets hope Greenwich needs Lewisham Councils help sometime.

Anonymous said...

the cuts haven't even started yet. It looks like this will be a yearly begging bowl for fireworks money.

Anonymous said...

I'm going with my family so have donated. It's only fair. Shame they can't make sure everyone who attends makes a small donation.

Lou Baker said...

Well done Lewisham. Bravo.

Events like this should not be run at a loss - and never should have been.

The fireworks are always a great show, there are always loads of people there and it's frankly preposterous that it's ever been subsidised.

If charging a couple of quid to get in is what it takes
to retain it - so be it.

That'll have the added advantage of keeping some of the chavs away too.

Anonymous said...

Lou, proving again what an arse hole he is.

Matt-z said...

Great idea Lou. How do you propose we pay for the ring of steel and associated security staffing costs to keep the non-payers off the heath?

Lou Baker said...


I know loony lefties have a tendency to over-complicated things - that's why the country's in such a mess - but it really ain't hard.

Some rope, some volunteers and some buckets. Entry charges sorted.


nom de plume said...

Lou please don't refer to other human beings as chavs. Thanks

So not Lou said...

loony lefties..... have you actually moved on from the 1980s?

If your child from a poor family, you don't get to attend the fireworks? Proves what a deeply unpleasant twerp you are.

The ELL is marvelous by the way, your strident carping about that has proven spectacularly wrong. Really not as smart as you think you are.

Reg said...

It's better to go up to Hilly Fields - and vow the displays all over London and the south-east.

Lou Baker said...

I'm not sure chavs qualify as human.

No one forces them to spend their benefits on cigarettes, Stella and Sky Sports.

They could pay to the fireworks instead.

Hell, some chavs have enough money to be able to buy their own fireworks.

Which they then give to teenagers to throw at each other.

Some people just don't understand that the country has no money left.

You can have things like firework displays and libraries every half a mile or you can have things we really need.

While it's harsh on the kids whose families can't afford a couple of quid - get over it. Life isn't fair. I can't afford a Ferrari but I don't expect the state to provide one.

Sarah Palin said...

Good analysis Lou, youbetcha!

bumbags said...

If you take out the deliberate goading of lefties, Lou does have a point about the state of our finances. Asking people attending to make a donation is a very fair and good idea. If there are lots of collection boxes/big signs and an announcement saying the fireworks are in jeopardy, almost everyone would bung in £1 or so.
On a different note, has anyone noticed we're celebrating the burning of Catholics..?

Monkeyboy said...

Yes, but lou's derision of those less fortunate is distasteful, ignorant and wrong. It colours most of his comments, the poor deserve to be poor and should be left to sink. If you find yourself in that situation, tough. That's not a society I wish to live in, do you?

Mb said...

...for all your burning catholic needs can i recommend lewes? They hold an odd event that can get a little histerical "burn the pope!" is the fav chant

Mb said...

....and by the way, i cant get that excited about the fireworks either but financial arpartheid is not healthy no matter which side you find yourself on.

bumbags said...

I know the Lewes Pope song- for those who missed it...
"A penny loaf to feed the Pope
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A fagot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah hoorah!"
Yup, I agree that mocking the less fortunate is pretty low. I think Lou thinks he's Nick Ferrari...

Matt-Z said...

Lou's point about asking people to donate is indeed fair, but enforced entry fees would be impossible to enforce without driving up the costs.

Thousands of of people congregate on Blackheath for the fireworks each year. Many I'm sure would donate voluntarily, and I hope they do on the night this year. But many won't, and if admission was pay-only they would no doubt be aggrieved at being forced to pay to get in. Keeping them at bay with a rope and a a couple of volunteers wouldn't work.

Anonymous said...

how about each part of Lewisham having its own display paid by donations?

Brockley and Ladywell could have one on Hilly Fields.

New Cross and Deptford in Fordham Park.

Lewisham and Catford in Mountsfield Park.

Pete said...

Individually they'd never be as good as what can be collectively achieved up at Blackheath.

Monkeyboy said...

What are you? Some kind of socialist?

Headhunter said...

Went to the Blackheath show and it was very good! Well done Lewisham BC - I'm proud of you. You certainly don't need Greenwich, the show was better than last year I thought. I would have put some money in a bucket or whatever but no one came asking...

Anonymous said...

There is a history of 'public donations' to provide such things as bus shelters, lamps and memorials.

Many hospitals have fund raising schemes.

In the 1920's a mayor of Lewisham said he was prepared to roll up his sleeves and help build a certain project.

Use of the un-employed was another feature of those times.

Anonymous said...

Yes, once upon a time in those dark days before public schooling and health care, if you couldn't afford it you relied on charity. In one of the richest countrys on earth I don't think that's acceptable.

Use of the unemployed.... ok, so there are jobs that need doing and you shouldn't pay people to do it? £62.50 job seekers allowance a week does not buy you a brick layer so I fail to see your point, unless you want to pay them the market rate.

Being unemployed does not automatically make you workshy.

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