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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 September 2007, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
County's bonfire event is saved
Last year's bonfire (in the shape of a steam locomotive)
The anonymous donors include both individuals and local firms
A north Shropshire firework spectacular has been saved following a last-minute appeal for cash.

Welshampton's Festival of Fire was on the verge of being cancelled because not enough money had been raised to stage the event.

But following an appeal, seven separate donors stepped forward to contribute to the 5,000 costs.

The festival, which attracted about 3,500 people last year, will now go ahead as planned on 27 October.

Organiser Derek Morris said: "The response has been magnificent."

Last year's bonfire was built in the shape of a steam locomotive. Organisers are keeping this year's theme under wraps but Mr Morris said it would be based on a character from Greek mythology.

The anonymous donors include both individuals and local businesses. Organisers said Shropshire County Council also offered "a further 800".


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