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Guests at a traditional 5th November fireworks party had the opportunity to throw in ‘a penny for the Guy’ or any other currency or denomination for charity.

Guy Fawkes, the historic villain of the plot to blow up the House of Parliament and King James I, was given pride of place at the Gata de Gorgos celebration.

Hosts Darrell and Sally Clayton and a team of volunteers welcomed around 150 people to their home and garden, a natural amphitheatre for the annual treat.

The event raised more than €1,500 for the freemasons of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge 154. The money will go towards the lodge’s chosen charities, the Children’s Oncology Unit at the Santa Fe Hospital in Valencia and the youngsters cared for at the Preventorio de Gandia.

Guests were handed a warming glass of mulled wine as they arrived at the candle lit venue and enjoyed a hog roast with baked potatoes, salads, and tempting desserts.

Music was provided by the Fluxtones and the evening ended with fireworks lighting up the sky.

Darrell said: “It was another great party and a sell out; a traditional Fireworks Night party has become really popular and we don’t even need to publicise it to sell all the tickets.

“We have made about €750 on the raffle and I think overall we will have collected around €1,500 for the lodge.

“Proceeds from all the events I have organised this year will go to the Children’s Oncology Unit at the Santa Fe and to the Preventorio in Gandia; we decided children are the main focus of fund raising this year.”

Sally Clayton (right) with helpers Grahame and Linzi Woods
– Guy Fawkes meets (from left) Bernice Van Zutphen, Mason Leyshon and his sister Maalia.
– Food is served

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