Burry Port fireworks event cancelled through lack of funding
A FIREWORKS display which has lit up the skies of Burry Port for the past 20 years has been cancelled.
The annual display at the harbour, organised by Burry Port Yacht Club, will not take place this year due to funding problems.
The event attracted between 1,500 and 2,000 people from across Burry Port, Pembrey and beyond each year — but November 5 will go without a bang this year.
Yacht club treasurer Andrew Davies said the difficult decision was taken as the event ends up costing the venue up to £2,000 each year.
Despite donations from people in the community, Mr Davies said the club still ended up paying out a significant sum, which it could afford this year.
He said: "We are disappointed that the event has had to be cancelled.
"Sadly, because of the economic climate we can't afford to fund it ourselves."
Mr Davies said he had appealed to Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council for financial help to stage this year's display and he was later offered £100.
He added: "The Town Council was approached some months ago for help but unfortunately they have not responded to the club as yet, and it is now too late to do anything.
"The club had suggested that the Town Council could help with the cost because the display is run for the town rather than a small group. It seemed a reasonable suggestion to the committee because an estimated 1,500 people, or more, watch the display."
He added: "I can't believe they wouldn't support us, it has been going for years.
"It is sad the council could not help us provide something for the whole of the town.
"In these difficult times it would benefit a lot of families by saving them the cost of buying their own fireworks."
However the club said that they intend to find some way to ensure the display will go ahead next year.
In response to the cancellation, town Mayor Moira Thomas said she was "very disappointed".
She said: "In this economic climate we couldn't justify the spend."
She continued: "It is very disappointing, hopefully we can work together with more groups to make it feasible next year."
A spokeswoman for the town council added: "Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council is very disappointed that it is not possible for the Yacht Club's fireworks display to go ahead this year.
"However, in the current economic climate, the council felt unable to financially assist this event at short notice."