A BELOVED and not-for-profit fireworks display is set to go ahead for New Year's Eve on Sunday night.

The 20-minute display will take place on the Ha’penny pier – one of the UK’s only surviving and in-use wooden Victorian piers - and is organised by the hard-working volunteers of the Harwich Quay Fireworks Committee.

About 5,000 to 6,000 spectators attend the event each year, which returned in 2022 after being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic.

Betty Holbrook explained that to donate, spectators can "find collection buckets in most pubs in Harwich and on the Quay on the night".

Betty also said people could donate online at Justgiving 'Harwich Quay Fireworks' or by contacting Betty Holbrook on 07909513720.

Betty Holbrook said that on the night "public toilets will be open" and added that "the street lights will remain on!".

Harwich Haven Authority have also issued specific advice for the safety of all people and said:

  • All children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • No smoking is permitted on Ha’penny Pier and no alcohol or glass bottles should be taken onto the pier.
  • Waste facilities on the pier and toilet facilities will be closed.
  • First aid facilities and a “lost child meeting point” will be in the Visitor Centre located on the pier.
  • Berthing facilities will be closed to mariners and no access is permitted to the lower berthing facilities from Ha’penny Pier with the gate remaining locked.

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Harwich Haven authority also advised people to “heed” the on-site signage warning of slippery surfaces, but the wooden boards on the Ha’penny pier have been washed recently.

For further information visit and to donate visit here.