Organisers of Kaboom promise bigger event next year

ORGANISERS of a York fireworks show have promised next year’s event will be bigger than before and are planning to set up a “sparkler park”.

The Kaboom 2012 display was held at Rawcliffe Country Park in November, with thousands of people attending, and although the team behind it have admitted it was “far from perfect” and issues needed to be addressed, they were now looking to next year.

The 2013 event is provisionally earmarked for November 3 and, in an email to those who attended this year, Kaboom said they were considering including a junior firework show and a cordoned-off area specifically for use of sparklers, as well as possibly adding a bonfire if agreement can be reached with City of York Council that it can be held safely and without smoke causing problems on nearby roads.

The firm said poor weather conditions meant the park had “suffered” and Kaboom was now working with the council to “reinstate it to its former glory”, although the ground will have to dry out first and work is unlikely until spring. The organisers apologised to anybody handed out-of-date McDonald’s vouchers at the event – with new and valid vouchers having been sent to those who attended – and have asked for feedback on suggestions that the fairground for the event should be held in the site’s car park, closer to catering facilities."

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8:55am Thu 27 Dec 12

roskoboskovic says...

so the same people are being allowed to run it again.what about the knavesmire fiasco.
so the same people are being allowed to run it again.what about the knavesmire fiasco. roskoboskovic
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9:19am Thu 27 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

Need someone who can get it going on time. I had a shockingly long wait in the cold. I'd have asked for a refund had I not been standing on the Mire for free. I expect better service for nothing next year.
Need someone who can get it going on time. I had a shockingly long wait in the cold. I'd have asked for a refund had I not been standing on the Mire for free. I expect better service for nothing next year. Paul Meoff
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11:32am Thu 27 Dec 12

yorkiemum says...

This was the display at Rawcliffe Park not on the mire it was brilliant fireworks were excellent even though the fog delayed the start for 20 mins
This was the display at Rawcliffe Park not on the mire it was brilliant fireworks were excellent even though the fog delayed the start for 20 mins yorkiemum
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1:16pm Thu 27 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

Leave it to the professionals at York Maze, seemingly the only people in York who can manage an event properly, run it on time, not cause damage to public property, and still owe people money afterwards (usually the incompetents at the council)!
Leave it to the professionals at York Maze, seemingly the only people in York who can manage an event properly, run it on time, not cause damage to public property, and still owe people money afterwards (usually the incompetents at the council)! bob the builder
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4:15pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Mark Brayshaw says...

bob the builder wrote:
Leave it to the professionals at York Maze, seemingly the only people in York who can manage an event properly, run it on time, not cause damage to public property, and still owe people money afterwards (usually the incompetents at the council)!
Hey Bob, Our event only ran over by a very short amount of time (because of fog) and I don't owe anybody any money.

Kaboom was actually held 'in York' and our display was over 20 minutes long, what's more, it included entertainment from chart star Marcus Collins and despite being far superior, tickets were a lot cheaper than other events.

The Maze put on a good event but only 3500 can attend that event so it is hardly a major player; there are several 'community' events that have bigger attendances. Kaboom has the potential to accommodate a lot more people than any other event locally.

Kaboom was also the only event that had a green transport policy with a free shuttle bus service running from town and discounted tickets for those close enough to walk in.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: Leave it to the professionals at York Maze, seemingly the only people in York who can manage an event properly, run it on time, not cause damage to public property, and still owe people money afterwards (usually the incompetents at the council)![/p][/quote]Hey Bob, Our event only ran over by a very short amount of time (because of fog) and I don't owe anybody any money. Kaboom was actually held 'in York' and our display was over 20 minutes long, what's more, it included entertainment from chart star Marcus Collins and despite being far superior, tickets were a lot cheaper than other events. The Maze put on a good event but only 3500 can attend that event so it is hardly a major player; there are several 'community' events that have bigger attendances. Kaboom has the potential to accommodate a lot more people than any other event locally. Kaboom was also the only event that had a green transport policy with a free shuttle bus service running from town and discounted tickets for those close enough to walk in. Mark Brayshaw
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4:43pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Mark Brayshaw says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
so the same people are being allowed to run it again.what about the knavesmire fiasco.
And why wouldn't I be 'allowed' to run Kaboom again?

I delivered on a promise to bring fireworks back to York and I committed to a four year agreement on Rawcliffe Country Park.

Unlike certain other events I could mention, we did not have any health and safety breaches, nor did we require the assistance of the police to control our safety zones.

We had just 8 complaints from people who got too cold to wait for the fireworks and 10 complaints from nearby residents about the noise from our stage. On the other hand, judging by the massive amount of positive feedback we have received, Kaboom's fireworks were very clearly the best fireworks anybody had ever witnessed in York.

Seeing is believing, check out the coverage on You Tube and compare our James Bond themed display to the others.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: so the same people are being allowed to run it again.what about the knavesmire fiasco.[/p][/quote]And why wouldn't I be 'allowed' to run Kaboom again? I delivered on a promise to bring fireworks back to York and I committed to a four year agreement on Rawcliffe Country Park. Unlike certain other events I could mention, we did not have any health and safety breaches, nor did we require the assistance of the police to control our safety zones. We had just 8 complaints from people who got too cold to wait for the fireworks and 10 complaints from nearby residents about the noise from our stage. On the other hand, judging by the massive amount of positive feedback we have received, Kaboom's fireworks were very clearly the best fireworks anybody had ever witnessed in York. Seeing is believing, check out the coverage on You Tube and compare our James Bond themed display to the others. Mark Brayshaw
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6:27pm Thu 27 Dec 12

matroom says...

Maize maze=excellent fireworks
Kaboom=excellent fireworks

Lets not get petty about it.
Maize maze=excellent fireworks Kaboom=excellent fireworks Lets not get petty about it. matroom
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6:53pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

WayneCarr wrote:
Kaboom was a great show. Not to be mistaken for that Gunpowder Plod fiasco.
This is the salient point.
[quote][p][bold]WayneCarr[/bold] wrote: Kaboom was a great show. Not to be mistaken for that Gunpowder Plod fiasco.[/p][/quote]This is the salient point. Buzz Light-year
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6:03pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Burkett swish pack says...

Mark, more fireworks less d list celebs, drop the radio presenter who "slavered" anything in trousers and get rid of the "actors" from the Dungeons who thought they were"Monty Python" and we'll be there again.
TOP FIREWORK DISPLAY .
Mark, more fireworks less d list celebs, drop the radio presenter who "slavered" anything in trousers and get rid of the "actors" from the Dungeons who thought they were"Monty Python" and we'll be there again. TOP FIREWORK DISPLAY . Burkett swish pack
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6:29pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Mark Brayshaw says...

Burkett swish pack wrote:
Mark, more fireworks less d list celebs, drop the radio presenter who "slavered" anything in trousers and get rid of the "actors" from the Dungeons who thought they were"Monty Python" and we'll be there again.
TOP FIREWORK DISPLAY .
Not sure I can promise MORE fireworks! Kaboom's display was full-on for 21 minutes. Thanks for your comments though, glad you enjoyed the show
[quote][p][bold]Burkett swish pack[/bold] wrote: Mark, more fireworks less d list celebs, drop the radio presenter who "slavered" anything in trousers and get rid of the "actors" from the Dungeons who thought they were"Monty Python" and we'll be there again. TOP FIREWORK DISPLAY .[/p][/quote]Not sure I can promise MORE fireworks! Kaboom's display was full-on for 21 minutes. Thanks for your comments though, glad you enjoyed the show Mark Brayshaw
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6:53pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Burkett swish pack says...

I was n't in York when Clifford's Tower was the preferred venue, from what I can gather the Rawcliffe Park was far better than those !
I was n't in York when Clifford's Tower was the preferred venue, from what I can gather the Rawcliffe Park was far better than those ! Burkett swish pack
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