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What's on: Bonfires in East Lancashire
THOUSANDS of people are expected to brave the cold to enjoy firework displays across East Lancashire.
The annual Witton Park bonfire is the crowning jewel in Blackburn’s events calendar.
It is going ahead as normal this year, despite fears around the recent wet weather and a whopping 10,000 people are expected to attend.
There will be a fairground, live roadshow from The Bee radio station and a dazzling firework display.
Norman Walker, of Blackburn Lions which organises the event with Blackburn Round Table and Rotary Club, said: “Luckily, it hasn’t rained for long enough to waterlog the ground and so everything has run smoothly up until this point. We’re hoping there isn’t storm-like conditions but we will continue with the celebrations whatever the weather – rain has never stopped us before and we always have a great turn out.”
The fun begins at 5.30pm on Saturday and the fire will be lit at 7.30pm, half an hour ahead of the firework display.
In the Ribble Valley, the popular Clitheroe Community Bonfire returns phoenix-like from the ashes.
Cancelled last year due to health and safety concerns, the celebration on Clitheroe Castle field has returned.
All attendees must buy a ticket before the event on Saturday to ensure entry to the grounds. Only 5,000 tickets are available and it is estimated that 13,000 people attended the last official bonfire in 2011.
Tickets can be bought from Lidl, Shaw Bridge Street, and Dawsons, King Street, and are £5 for adults and £2 for children.
Elsewhere in the region, Burnley will host a bonfire and firework display for the first time in five years.
The fire at Towneley Hall, will be lit by England women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis at 7.15pm on Tuesday and the fun fair begins at 6.30pm.
Tickets are £2 each and can be purchased from Burnley Mechanics.
Other Bonfire night celebrations in East Lancashire include:
- Annual charity bonfire: Witton Country Park, Preston Old Road. Saturday, November 2, from 5.30pm. Suggested donation: £2, or £5 for a family ticket.
- Clitheroe Community Bonfire: Clitheroe Castle field, Saturday. Gates open at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 a family ticket, £5 adults, £2 children, under-threes free. All tickets must be bought in advance.
- Thornton Hall Farm Country Park: Thornton-in-Craven, near Barnoldswick on Saturday, November 2. Gates open at 6pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks display at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.
- The Punchbowl Pub: Skipton Road, Earby, Saturday. Bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks displayed at 8pm. Tickets: £4 adults and £2 for children. Under-twos, free. Family tickets: £10.
- Haslingden Bonfire: Haslingden Cricket Club, Bentgate Close, Saturday. Gates open at 6pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks at 7pm. Tickets cost £2 for adults, £1 for children and £5 a family of two adults and two children.
- Greenmount Scout Group bonfire: Longsight Road Playing Field, Holcombe Brook, Saturday. Gates open at 6.30pm, fire lit at 7.15pm, and fireworks at 8pm. Tickets: £1 children under 16, £5 adults, free for under-fives.
- Rotary Clubs of Hyndburn bonfire: Accrington Cricket Club, Thorneyholme Road, Accrington, Saturday. Gates open at 6.30pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Tickets: £2 adults, £1 children.
- Alston Hall: Longridge on Sunday. Doors open at 6.30pm and the display will begin at 8pm.
- Laneshawbridge Community Bonfire: Saturday. From 4pm to 5pm the Village Hub, Keighley Road, will be running a competition for the best Guy Fawkes. Bonfire, food and drinks and fireworks will follow from 6pm. Entry by Donation.
- Towneley Park: Burnley. Tuesday. Funfair opens at 6.30pm, bonfire started at 7.15pm, fireworks at 7.30pm, main display at 8.30pm. Tickets: £2, £10 for family ticket and parking at Riverside, £8 for family ticket and parking at Woodgrove, £5 family ticket no parking.
- Higham Bonfire: Higham Playing Fields on Tuesday. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks display at 7.30pm. Tickets: £3 or £10 a family ticket.
- Wellybobs Family Bonfire: Davyfield Farm, Roman Road, Darwen on Saturday. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, children’s fireworks at 7pm, larger fireworks display at 8pm. Tickets: £5 adults, £3 children.
- Lowerhouse Cricket Club, Saturday. Gates open at 5.30pm, Bonfire lighting at 6.15pm
Professional Firework Display at 7.30pm. Entrance is £2 adults, £1 kids or £5 a family of four.
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