Bonfire Night 2013: Our guide to Bury's best fireworks and bonfire events
THE sky is set to light up with colour at a whole host of firework displays in the coming week.
Fire chiefs are urging families to enjoy their Bonfire Night cele-brations at organised displays and to hand in fireworks during an amnesty.
But there are concerns firefighters could be stretched tomorrow when emergency fire crews step in during a strike from 6.30pm to 11pm, although the fire service is confident its emergency response will not be affected.
Greenmount Scouts are hosting a fireworks display on the Longsight Road Playing Fields in Holcombe Brook on Saturday.
Gates open at 6.30pm, a bonfire will be lit at 7.15pm and the display starts at 8pm.
Entry is strictly ticket only and tickets cost £5 for adults, £1 for under 16s. Under fives go free. Tickets are on sale on the night. No alcohol or sparklers allowed.
Radcliffe Cricket Club is also holding a display on Saturday, with gates opening at 5.30pm and the display starting at 7.30pm.
Entry costs £4 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for a family ticket.
On Sunday, Bury Football Club’s Gigg Lane ground is the place to enjoy a funfair and fireworks display.
Doors open at 6pm and entry costs £2 for adults and £1 for children, or £5 for a family ticket.
On Bonfire Night itself, Heaton Park is hosting a display and bonfire, which will be lit at 7.30pm.
A fireworks display will take place shortly afterwards and there will be a funfair and market stalls running throughout the evening. Entry is free, although parking costs £5 per car. No sparklers or fireworks will be allowed.
Finally, the Eagle and Child, in Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, will host an event from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Bonfire Night.
A pub spokesman said: “We’ll have a small bonfire, some live music, fireworks, black peas, homemade pies and treacle toffee, all served in the garden. Make sure you bring your sparklers.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service wants people to hand in fireworks as part of an amnesty. Call 0800 555 815 for details.
Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “As Bonfire Night approaches, we want everyone to enjoy it safely.
“It’s hoped our fireworks amnesty will reassure people and help avoid and reduce firework related accidents.
“We would urge anyone who wants to celebrate to only attend organised firework and bonfire displays because that’s the safest way to enjoy festivities.”
The Fire Brigades Union announced Friday’s strike this week, accusing the Government of “breaking promises” over pensions and working conditions.
A fire service spokesman urged people to only call 999 in a genuine emergency over the next few days.
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