Bonfire Night goes off with a bang

The crowds enjoying the bonfire at Worden Park, Leyland
The crowds enjoying the bonfire at Worden Park, Leyland
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Thousands of revellers enjoyed the largest firework display in Lancashire, as Bonfire Night went off with a bang in Leyland.

The epic display at Worden Park could be seen from miles away, as colourful explosions lit up the night sky on November 5.

The event, also featuring a large bonfire, fairground show, live DJ and food court, was organised by Leyland Round Table, and was the group’s 42nd annual bonfire and fireworks spectacular.

With more than 15,000 visitors believed to have watched the central 20-minute firework display, it was one of the most popular public shows in the North West.

Paul Morgan, Leyland Round Table chairman, said: “It was tremendous.

“The firework display was amazing as always and the people of Leyland turned out in their droves, which was great.”

The night was supported by the likes of South Ribble Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, St John’s Ambulance and Lancashire Police, the Rotary Club of Leyland, Leyland 41 Club, Leyland Ladies Circle, Leyland Play Scheme and the Air Training Corps.

“We couldn’t do it without their help,” Mr Morgan added. “But the biggest thank you has to go to the people of Leyland.”

A large organised celebration was also held at Pear Tree Park, at Middleforth Green in Penwortham, organised by Penwortham Town Council.

Leyland Police Inspector Steve Evans put on a special operation which saw 30 police officers on the streets to prevent an outbreak of anti-social behaviour problems, as seen in Leyland last Bonfire Night.

He said: “One or two youths were spoken to early on in the night; we issued one fixed penalty notice for drunken and disorderly behaviour, and two dispersal notices to move people on from the Towngate area of Leyland, but that was all.

“Considering the number of people out and about on Monday night, and how there have been problems associated with Bonfire Night historically in Leyland, I’m delighted with the results.

“It’s very refreshing and rewarding when an operation is such a success, and I’d personally like to thank Sgt Jeanette Bashall who organised it all.”