Over 100 people braved the gale to support the Norfolk Way Bonfire Party

Over 100 people from across Mid Norfolk came out to support the bonfire party to launch the new Norfolk Way Rural Enterprise Bursary.

Raising many hundreds of pounds for Help for Heroes and the Bursary, the event has been hailed as a triumph by attendees. ""The evening was a perfect of illustration of what The Norfolk Way is about: celebrating Norfolk's spirit of local self help, enterprise and excellence. The evening was about people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to support, and supported by, local entertainment, food and drink entrepreneurs to raise money for young entrepreneurs and our much valued service personnel. We will be making this an annual event."" said George Freeman, Founder of The Norfolk Way and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Norfolk.

Organisers have already confirmed the event will be held again next year on Friday 12 November 2010.

Over 150 people of all ages raised over £500 for Help for Heroes and the Bursary, and enjoyed a real family affair in the stunning floodlit barn of Hunter's Hall with: local fiddle band Rootsmusic, sparklers for the children, local hog roast, local beer from the Beeston Brewery, cider and juices from Breckland Juices, and toffee apples and donuts from Devilish Donuts.

The new Rural Enterprise Bursary has been founded by George Freeman in conjunction with local entrepreneurs. The scheme will provide financial support to young people living in rural areas of Norfolk to encourage rural entrepreneurship and bring new opportunities to Mid Norfolk school leavers. "We need to inspire and encourage a new generation of Norfolk entrepreneurs" said Ali Clabburn of Liftshare, who is supporting the scheme.


Photo: Over 100 people braved the gale to support the Norfolk Way Bonfire Party