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