Harry Counsell, director of Counsell Pubs, will be holding the display of silent fireworks at the Clothiers Arms in Stroud this new year.
The idea came from a customer after residents voiced concerns that the noise causes distress for their pets and dogs.
Bigger and louder
Counsell said: “Every year for the past five years, we have had a private-invite party for locals and regulars, but each year our small firework display has got bigger and louder.
“I received a message from a local resident who asked if I had ever thought about having a silent firework display at the New Year’s Eve party.
“I made some enquiries to firework company Chase Lane Fireworks in Gloucester and they informed me they had commercial-grade fireworks which can provide silent and reduced-noise displays all year round.”
Dog-friendly all round
Counsell also owns the Bowbridge Arms, Stroud, which is also a dog-friendly pub – to the point of serving doggie roasts on Sundays and homemade dog treats.
He continued: “We have two dogs and they don’t like the fireworks, so in keeping with our love for dogs and other animals and our elderly residents, we decided to give it a go.”
The silent firework display will appear like a normal display but with reduced noise and without the loud bangs.
Counsell said they have had positive feedback from the locals who think it’s a great idea.
He continued: “I think once we see how good it can be, it will certainly be a regular thing every year.
“We need to be much more aware of our local residents and their feelings nowadays.
“Fireworks are spectacular and can add a great deal to the end of the evening - but they just don’t need to sound like the start of World War Three.”