CRAVEN Arms has been without a bonfire and firework display event for the last 25 years. This year, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, run by local charity Grow Cook Learn, reinstated the event in the Onny Meadows. On October 28 as the gates opened, crowds of people headed on to the event field to enjoy the spectacle.

Spectators enjoyed a bar and refreshments including hot dogs, braised beef baps and toffee apple muffins, laid on by the centre's award winning café. An impressive firework display lit up the sky and was greeted by amazed families, children and adults of all ages.

Local schools and groups joined in the fun with a competition for the best "Guy" with Millmead Sheltered Housing coming in first. Neville Stephens judged the competition which Diddlebury Primary School, Craven Arms Preschool and Yvonne and Karen's Childcare also entered and all were awarded with certificates for their placings.

Jade Marriott-Lodge, marketing and development manager at the centre says, "It was great to see so many people supporting the event and we have been amazed by the response since. To bring this back for the community has been a privilege and none of it would have been possible without the kind help of local organisations and volunteers who went above and beyond in their efforts. With it being our first year of putting this event on, we will be looking at ways to improve and make it even better for next year."

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website