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I AM always proud to say I live in Ely. However, I am even prouder to say I live in Ely after November 5.

Ely Garden Villagers organised a professional firework display by Dragon Fire at North Ely recreation field.

The Ely community were truly amazing, and despite heavy rain more than 1,500 people turned up to enjoy a fantastic display.

Our group would like to say a big thank-you to the Ely community for showing their support in such awful weather.

This event takes a lot of hard work and many months to organise, and it was great to see so many from the community appreciate the hard work the EGVs put in. The EGVs are proud to say this is our third successful firework display.

Special thanks to all the Ely stewards that gave up their free time (after a hard day's work) to make sure this event ran smoothly and safely.

Also special thanks to Cardiff Hibernians, and not just for helping at the firework display. You have shown true dedication in coaching the five football teams we have. You are doing an amazing job, keeping these young people off the streets.

Many thanks to North Ely Youth Centre, Tidy Towns, Communities First, Herman, who did a fantastic job with the music and letting the youngsters do some rapping, the Ely grapevine for advertising our event, and the Echo for advertising our event.

A big thank-you to Andy and Staff at Ely Play Centre for all their hard work and support leading up to the event. They are all a delight to work with.

Also thanks to Dragon Fire for their fantastic display.

Thanks also to Derek Carson waste management and to Zoe • Roberts, who sent me her beautiful pictures of the night.

A big thank you to Neighbourhood

Management, Communities First, the fire service, the police and Safer Capital for helping towards funding this firework event.

Ely always seems to be shown in a negative light, but Ely has shown there is nothing negative about the last three years on Bonfire Night.

I WOULD like to thank the Echo for printing my letter about our firework display


Viewpoints November 17 But I realised I left someone out, so I would like to apologise and hope I will be allowed to give them a big mention: Voluntary Action Cardiff, known as the VAC.

Without the VAC funding many people may have gone home on

November 5. The VAC recently gave funding to the Ely Garden Villagers,


and included in that funding were tea urns, which allowed the EGVs to sell hot drinks and thus raise money towards next year's firework display.

So on behalf of the EGVs, I would like to say a big thank-you to the VAC!


Lynda Sullivan

Ely Cardiff



One of Zoe Roberts' lovely pictures of the fireworks over Ely on November 5