Lambeth Council is to charge its residents £7 each to attend its annual firework display in Brockwell Park on November 5.
It is the first time it has issued tickets for the formerly free event, which last year attracted 100,000 revellers to the Herne Hill park.
Tickets will go on sale later this month, and the council says last year’s event cost them £95,000 to put on.
The press release in full from Lambeth Council reads:
Lambeth Council’s hugely popular annual fireworks display will this year be a ticketed event held on Wednesday, 5th November at Brockwell Park.
Lambeth residents are being offered early access to discounted tickets so they get the best deal – and every child aged-16 and under will not be charged.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Our annual fireworks display is a big draw and I am delighted to have found a way to keep it going through this period of budgets cuts.
“This year it will be more of an event rather and just a fireworks display, with a bonfire for the first time, street style performers and themed areas for children to enjoy throughout the evening.
“Unlike many other London boroughs, we are delighted not to be charging children aged-16 and under. I would encourage residents to take advantage of our early bird offer for what I’m sure will be an exciting and fun event.”
The theme for the event is LIGHT and there will also be bars, food and craft stalls with details of more performers to follow. Brockwell Park has been chosen to host the event as it is both large enough and most easily managed in crowd and traffic terms.
By introducing ticketing for its fireworks night Lambeth Council is making a safer event. Last year the show attracted an estimated 100,000 people which the police and fire brigade have advised is too many to manage.
With pressures on the council budget, Lambeth needs help covering the bill for the hugely popular event. It ended up costing the council about £95,000 last year.
The fireworks display is one of a number of events the council puts on throughout the year, including the popular and free Lambeth Country Show which this year costs around £265,000 from the authority’s budget.