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No refunds for Woking fireworks tickets

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 11:57am 7th November 2018. (Updated at 3:15pm 7th November 2018)

Woking District Rotary Club says it will not be refunding tickets for the Woking fireworks display.

Earlier this week, the club was considering offering refunds to anyone who wanted one but it is now confirmed they are unable to do so.

Instead, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. 

The fireworks display was scrapped last Saturday (November 3) and around 12,000 people were evacuated from Woking Park after an inflatable slide collapsed.

Eight children were taken to hospital after falling off the slide. 

One eyewitness described the slide as "packed" and that it appeared no one was controlling the amount of people going up and down it.

Woking District Rotary Club issued this statement: 

“Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by the events of Saturday evening and we’re sorry that the firework display was unable to continue as planned. The site was evacuated at the request of Surrey Police to allow paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and the air ambulance service to access the site quickly and safely.

“Unfortunately due to contractual reasons and the logistics of providing a refund to all those that attended the event, we are unable to do so. We will however be donating any profits from ticket sales to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. We hope visitors will understand that the cancellation of the display was outside of our control and we’d like to apologise once again that the event was unable to go ahead.”

 A spokesperson told Eagle Radio there are currently no plans at this stage to reschedule the firework display. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is underway. 

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