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A 10-year-old girl from Brierley Hill will lead the countdown for Himley Bonfire’s fireworks show after winning a Dudley Council art completion.

More than 1,000 children from schools across Dudley borough entered colourful arty creations inspired by their heroes and heroines for the competition, ahead of the hero themed event on Saturday 3 November.

Mayor with the entries

The Mayor of Dudley selected Zoe Meese from St Mark’s CofE Primary School in Pensnett as the winner for her drawing depicting people who work in the emergency services and armed forces.

She will now join the Mayor on the HeartFM Breakfast Stage at 8.30pm to commence the countdown for the 25-minute fireworks spectacular.

As a respectful commemoration of the end of World War I, 100 years on, a unique tribute will be paid to those soldiers who heroically battled and for those who lost their lives. People can share who their hero is on social media - #whoisyourhero?

All artwork submitted into the competition, including Zoe’s will be on display in the Oak Room at Himley Hall in the week leading up to the bonfire.

The Mayor of Dudley, Alan Taylor, said:

It was delightful to see all these fantastic pieces of art by pupils from across the borough and it shows just how talented and artistic our youngsters are. Zoe’s piece of work really stood out I am looking forward to joining her on the stage for the big fireworks countdown.”

Winning pupil Zoe Meese said:

I chose the army and emergency services because my aunt works in the NHS so I know how hard they work to keep us safe.”

A 25-minute fireworks display, synchronised to music, will amaze crowds on the night and a 1,500 pallet bonfire will provide a centrepiece. A Heart 100.7 roadshow, a giant funfair, a night market from LSD Promotions, live entertainment and seasonal refreshments will add to the evening.

More than 1,500 tickets have already sold for the 20,000 capacity event and a discount of up to 20 per cent is available when people book online in advance. A standard adult ticket is £10, standard child and senior citizen £5.50, family (two adults, two children) £24.

Gates open at 4.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.45pm and the fireworks display is at 8.30pm. Full details for tickets can be found on the Himley Hall website: or facebook @HimleyHall

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