Racecourse fireworks set to be tea-mendous
ROUND table bosses are hoping to cause a stir before their annual firework extravaganza.
The November 3 event will see thousands of people flock to Cheltenham Racecourse for one of the biggest displays in the South West.
Last year's event attracted a record-breaking crowd of 15,000 people and helped Cheltenham Round Table raise £50,000 for local charities – also a record.
This year, the organisation hopes to stir up even more interest by making a world record-breaking number of cups of tea.
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Gates on the night will open at 5pm and then from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and volunteers will also try to break the record for the number of cups of tea made in an hour by a team of 12.
The number to beat, 725, was set by Devonshire Tea Ltd in Plymouth on August 19 last year.
Officials have also come up with another way of trying to top last year's success.
They hope an early bird ticket offer will attract even more people to the racecourse.
Run in conjunction with the Echo, it gives people the chance to save cash by buying a discounted family ticket.
There will be 1,000 early bird tickets up for grabs on a first-come first-served basis.
The £12 family ticket applies to two adults and two children who are under 16. It saves a family of four £8 because normal admission is £6 per adult and £4 per child.
Paul Kemple, chairman of Cheltenham Round Table's fireworks committee, said: "Hopefully, both these things will bring more people along. I hope that the people of Cheltenham and surrounding area will come out to support what is our biggest charity fundraising event of the year."
He added that organisers would film the tea-making event and, if they achieved their goal, would send off the evidence to Guinness World Records.
The footage will be sent to a London-based television company that is making a programme about Guinness world record attempts.
Paul said that by charging 50p per cup of tea, the round table hoped to considerably increase its profit on the night.
He hoped to have some special guests at the fireworks event but said at this stage he could only reveal they would be "local sports stars".
They would join out-going racecourse managing director Edward Gillespie at the site.
Paul added: "We had a record crowd last year and we're anticipating the same kind of numbers again this year."