Safety plea for bonfire night

The fireworks event at Blackpool Cricket Club and (below) firefighter Ian Garrod.

The fireworks event at Blackpool Cricket Club and (below) firefighter Ian Garrod.

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GUNPOWDER, treason and plot. It’s the time of year when these three things are remembered in an explosive way as bonfires are lit across the Fylde cost to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament over 400 years ago.

But fireworks fans are being advised to stay safe and attend one of several officially organised Bonfire Night events over the coming days.

Firefighter Ian Garrod

Firefighter Ian Garrod

Ian Garrod, St Annes fire station commander, said: “We want people to enjoy bonfire night and they will enjoy it more if they stay safe.

“Attending an organised display is the best way to do that.”

In Blackpool, the crowds are expected to flock to the annual Blackpool Cricket Club display while there are also plenty of firework spectaculars in Wyre and Fylde.

Coun Cheryl Little, Fylde Council cabinet member for social wellbeing, said: “Going to an organised bonfire and firework display minimises that risk as they will be supervised by people who know what they are doing.

Blackpool Cricket Club bonfire and firework display.

Blackpool Cricket Club bonfire and firework display.

“Firework nuisance is less than it used to be, we have all benefitted by legislation making it illegal for under-18s to buy fireworks or to possess them in a public place.

“We all used to get fed up some years ago of fireworks going off in the street for weeks or months before Guy Fawkes night. Thankfully those days are largely gone and we hope people will keep the good work going this year by only attending organised displays and bonfires.”

FIREWORK DISPLAYS

>> Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park, off West Park Drive, on Monday. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.15pm and the fireworks display at 7.45pm. Tickets are £3 apiece or £10 for a family of two adults and two children.

>> Fleetwood Community Bonfire and Firework Night, Rossall School Field, off West Way, on Monday. Gates open 6pm. Admission £2.

>> The Rotary Club of Poulton-le-Fylde will hold its spectacular at the Cottam Hall playing fields, off Blackpool Old Road in Poulton, on Monday. Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm. Entry is £3 for adults, £2 for children, or £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children.

>> The Round Table fireworks display at Fylde Rugby Club, in Blackpool Road, Ansdell, will take place on Monday. Gates open at 5.30pm with the display at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2.50 in advance or £3.50 on the door.

>> Garstang Lions Club display will be held at the River Wyre picnic area, off High Street, on Saturday with the bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 per person but under fives go free.

>> Staining Community Centre’s display will be held off Chain Lane, on Sunday from 6pm. £6 for a family, £2.50 for adults or £1.50 for children.

>> Wrea Green Institute’s display, off Station Road, will take place at 6pm on Monday.