Peterborough’s first drive-in fireworks event was so successful there are now plans for another special festive display to help light up the skies just before Christmas.
The massive public display at the East of England Arena and Events Centre – Cambridgeshire’s biggest firework event – was devised along the lines of a drive-in movie to enable people to enjoy the event in a COVID safe way.
Visitors were allowed to leave their cars to watch the display but had to remain close to their vehicles and within their group bubbles.
Peterborough’s PCR FM played a key part in the event with a unique live broadcast covering the city’s first ever drive in firework show – and is set to do the same for a Christmas display.
“This was a unique radio broadcast for unique times,” said PCR FM’s Kev Lawrence who hosted the show from the station’s Herlington Centre studio in the city.
“It’s the first time a radio station has used its transmitters to provide the soundtrack to an event via car radios in this way because big stage PA was not allowed due to the COVID restrictions.
“It was local radio at its very best reaching right into the community we serve – a huge public event and PCR was at the very heart of it.
The display was brought forward due to beat the lockdown restrictions and was a sell-out with over 4,000 people attending and meant people in Peterborough were able to enjoy a large scale display in a safe way.
“The Facebook interaction was amazing too – the red light was pinging all evening and we gained over 500 new followers who we very much hope will also become regular listeners to the station.
“We’re very grateful to two superb local companies and friends of PCR, Princebuild property maintenance and Smith’s Motor Group who sponsored the special show.”
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