Silent Bonfire Night

Thousands of spectators watch the spectacular firework display and bonfire at Blackpool Cricket Club in Stanley Park.
Thousands of spectators watch the spectacular firework display and bonfire at Blackpool Cricket Club in Stanley Park.
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FIRE chiefs today said Blackpool had had one of its quietest Guy Fawkes’ ever despite crews across the county being called out 144 times to bonfires which were threatening to spiral out of control.

Firefighters were kept busy with fires across the resort, including Aldon Road, Poulton, Kingscote Park, Layton, and Pilling Crescent and Revoe Street, Blackpool.

But figures released by bosses showed they were not as busy as this time last year, and only had 11 call-outs across the Fylde coast on Monday night.

Over the four nights of bonfires, which ran from Friday to Monday, the fire service attended 144 incidents county-wide compared to 163 last year.

John Taylor, a spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Across the county there were 84 incidents on Monday night and Blackpool was particularly quiet.

“A crew went out to check every report we received and if it wasn’t out of control we reassured the caller.”

The busiest fire station during the annual night of fireworks was South Shore, which attended five bonfire incidents, while Bispham went to two.

Fires were reported on Bridge House Road in Marton, Central Drive, Amy Johnson Way, Station Road and Branstree Road in Mereside.

A police spokesman added: “We have been working closely with the fire service and local authorities to make sure people were safe over the bonfire period.

“Although there were a small number of incidents we were called to deal with, overall, people seemed to have heeded advice and had a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.”

Click here to view our picture slideshow of the bonfires and firework displays across the Fylde:

SLIDESHOW: A BLAZE OF COLOUR