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I was very disappointed to discover that Haringey have cancelled the fireworks display at Alexandra Palace after I don't know how many years. It has been possibly the biggest success in Haringey's events calendar for over 25 years and provides a delightful evening for thousands of residents whilst boosting local traders with the influx of visitors from outside the Borough.

The link from Haringey's web site to an alternative entertainment at Alexandra Palace is for the Lynx All Nighter on 30 October - is this really an alternative spectacular family event?

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Comment by Adrian Essex on November 1, 2010 at 22:18
The cancellation of the fireworks is disappointing - I have lived in Crouch End since 1980 and attended the display most years. Yet it does seem a valid decision - the event is hugely successful every year, but also immensely costly running at a loss of tens of thousands of pounds. The London Borough of Haringey should not subsideise money going up in smoke when budgets everywhere are being cut. But the way in which the Palace is being run seesm questionable in many other respects. Apparently there is something called Alexandra Palace Trading Limited and a bizarrely coloured, distractingly activepage on the website (for connected people) announces the appointment of two new non-executive directors under the apparently completely irrelevant headline "Building a sustainable future". No clue as to who these people are or what their skills. Isn't a non-exec directorship generally a sinecure awarded just for being well known? Another barely legible page with the word "community" (??why - is the website buildert taking part in a competition to include as many trendy buzzwords as possible) announces a sort of a consultation, and yet announces the result. A press release seems to say (forgive me if I cynically paraphrase) that future governance will do away with the current independents (who are presumably a nuisance) and put in yes-men of our own. Or maybe I've misunderstood.

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