Bonfire night set to go with a bang

Bang: Last year's firework display at Duxbury Park, Chorley

Bang: Last year's firework display at Duxbury Park, Chorley

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Bonfire night is set to go off with a bang in Chorley with the return of two popular annual events.

Crowds are expected to flock to Duxbury Park and the fire training centre at Washington Hall, in Euxton, for the town’s two official bonfire and fireworks displays.

Up to 10,000 people attended the Red Bank Scout’s 32nd bonfire at Duxbury Park last year and gates will again open at 6pm on Saturday for the largest event of its type organised by a Scout group.

The family night is free to attend, but donations are welcome to cover the costs of the fireworks and help raise funds for the group which provides activities for youngsters aged six to 14.

Gates are set to open at 6pm with the bonfire being lit at 6.30pm and fireworks expected at 7pm.

At Washington Hall, staff from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, who will be gearing up for its busiest night of the year, will be raising money for the Firefighters Charity and Rainbow House.

A spokesman said: “Our bonfire is a great way for families to enjoy the fun of the evening in the safest possible way.

“As well as the bonfire and fireworks display, we will have refreshments available and the children will be able to see the fire engines and have their faces painted.

“It is always a popular night and we get more than 1,500 people joining us.

“We will be busy from 5.30pm and we want people to come along and have fun and help us raise money for charity at the same time.”

Tickets for the Washington Hall event will cost £3 for adults, £2 for children or a ticket for a family of five costs £10.

The bonfire will start at 7pm on Saturday with the fireworks scheduled for 7.30pm.

In the run up to November 5, firefighters have also issued an appeal for people to stay safe.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Holland said: “Having fireworks or bonfires at home or visiting a public display can be great fun especially for children and if used correctly and responsibly, people can enjoy themselves without any danger.

“However, people need to remember the dangers associated with fireworks and bonfires.” For a guide to the do’s and don’ts of bonfire night, visit: www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk