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Local School Children To Ignite Hoe Bonfire
3rd Nov, 2017
Plymouth Hoe Bonfire

Children from Salisbury Road Primary School will take to the stage and ignite the bonfire on the Hoe this Sunday (5 November) as part of a city-wide exhibition project.

Initiated by artist Peter Liversidge for ‘We The People Are The Work’, ‘Firestarter & The Embers’ is an extension of his ‘Sign Paintings for Plymouth’ commission in the Council House. A number of the cardboard placards made inside the building, which have been going viral on social media over the last few weeks, will be added to the bonfire for a ceremonial burning.

The Bonfire Night celebrations on the Hoe are one of the major outdoor events in the city’s calendar. At 7.20pm this Sunday, five children known as ‘The Embers’ (Jacob Franklin, Lily Sharpe, Antonia Abel, Tomas Lewis, Rosie Louise Fisher) will take to the stage run by Radio Plymouth. They will talk about their experience of being involved in ‘We The People Are The Work’ and announce the moment when the flames will be lit.

The ‘Firestarter’ (Nikola Kobylecka) will then push the plunger to ignite the bonfire at 7.30pm before the crowds then enjoy the annual fireworks display from 8pm. As part of the preparations for Sunday, the children from Salisbury Road Primary School spent a day at TR2, working with Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Wardrobe Manager Delia Lancaster to design a costume for the Firestarter to wear. They also had the opportunity to visit the Wardrobe store, try on costumes and props and learn about design and construction. Salisbury Road Primary School has been involved in ‘We The People Are The Work’ from the start; helping to write the slogans that appear on the placards that are being produced by the sign painters at the Council House. Local youth groups, the Nifty Fifties luncheon club in Whitleigh and residents at the George House Homeless Hostel have also contributed.

Salisbury Rd Primary at TR2