That time of year is creeping up again when the Vale of Clwyd and the North Wales Coast bursts into explosive colour on Bonfire Night. In the run up to 5th November, we’re putting together a comprehensive guide to fireworks displays across the region as well as some timely advice about staying safe. If you’re organising an official display and would like us to include full details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE TO GO (organised displays)
SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2013
ABERGELE – a double bill of displays on Pensarn Beach. Toddlers’ display at 6.15pm and main event at 7.30pm. Funfair and refreshments on site. Gates open 5pm, entry £2 adults, £1 children or £5 for a family ticket.
LLANDUDNO – Llandudno Town Council’s annual half hour display over the pier and the Great Orme. Starts at 7.30pm – in the event of bad weather, the display will be held on Monday evening (4th November).
RHYL – free display at Ty Newydd Church. Starts at 7pm
SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2013
GLAN CONWY – delayed display at the football club on Cae Ffwt. Gates open 6.30pm, display begins 7.30pm. Entry £1.
TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2013
CEFN nr. ST ASAPH – community bonfire at the Neuadd Owen Village Hall (not weather dependent). Refreshments, face painting and more. Doors open 6pm, entry £3 for adults, children free.
COLWYN BAY – free annual display at Eirias Park by local fire crews. Starts at 7pm, bonfire lit at 7.15pm with fireworks to follow at around 7.30pm. Donations in aid of Fire Service Welfare Fund.
DENBIGH CASTLE – free display from the Castle Walls organised by Uproar Fireworks and Denbigh Town Council. Starts 7pm, hog roast and other refreshments available in town centre.
HENLLAN nr. DENBIGH – early evening display at Garn Park. Starts 5.30pm, fire lit at 6pm. Entry £2, under 16s free (must be accompanied by an adult). BBQ, sweets and refreshments.
RHYL SHOWFIELD – annual display on Rhuddlan Road, opposite the supermarket. Starts 6pm, bonfire lit at 7.30pm followed by firework display. Entry £1 for adults, free for children under 12. Fun fair, stalls and more!
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2013
FLINT – RNLI volunteers’ display at the Castle, including Guy Fawkes competition, fun fair, stalls and refreshments. Starts 6pm, bonfire 6.30pm, fireworks 7pm. Entry £2 adults, £1 children at the gate.
SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2013
LLANFWROG nr. RUTHIN – free display at the Community Centre. Starts 6.30pm.
HOW TO STAY SAFE – advice issued by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to young people to avoid serious injury or even death from playing with fireworks and lighting bonfires. The fire and rescue service is urging the public of North Wales to be vigilant with fireworks and to attend an organised display.
Terry Williams, Head of Community Fire Safety, said: “Safety at this time of year is the responsibility of us all. We cannot over emphasise that the best way to reduce the number of injuries during bonfire celebrations is by attending organised events. They are the safest type of displays, have the best facilities and offer the best value for money. Bonfire celebrations see an increase in anxiety for senior citizens and pet owners, so attending community events helps reduce this distress. If you must use fireworks yourself, please follow the fireworks safety code.”
The Firework Safety Code
– Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
– Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
– Keep fireworks in a closed box.
– Follow the instructions on each firework.
– Light at arm’s length, using a taper.
– Stand well back.
– Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
– Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
– Always supervise children around fireworks.
– Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
– Never give sparkles to a child under five.
– Keep pets indoors.
“If you are planning a bonfire, please notify North Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Control Room by calling 01745 535 805.”
Inspector Julie Sheard said: “We know the majority of people enjoy this time of year sensibly and we are not out to spoil their fun but unfortunately there is a minority who are intent on causing problems and use Bonfire Night as an excuse to commit crime and act anti-socially.
“We will be working in partnership with other agencies to keep people safe and make sure an exciting and enjoyable period is not tarnished by the minority. To ensure the safety of all, we would also encourage residents to attend organised firework displays, which will be well publicised in the local press prior to November 5th.”
For more detailed advice from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, click here.
Denbighshire County Council’s Trading Standards Section and North Wales Police will all be working to try and make Bonfire Night as enjoyable as possible for local people.
November 5th has long been associated with parties and family fun, but for some they can be nights to forget. Families can find their evenings disrupted and their pets driven to distraction by the blasts and bangs from fireworks exploding on Bonfire Night. Many of the problems associated would not take place if certain residents just stopped to think of being more neighbourly.
There are several organised displays in Denbighshire, scheduled for Bonfire Night and we would recommend people attend those rather than have their own fireworks party in their back garden, for both safety and social reasons. However, if people want to hold their own event we would ask that they inform their neighbours well ahead of time, by calling in person or by popping a note through their letterbox.
Many complaints spring out of people not telling their neighbours that they are planning to hold a firework display at their home and most importantly when the fireworks were going to be let off. The residents then have a chance to make arrangements in relation to any pets they may keep, or to make plans to go out if they don’t want to listen to the noise. We would also ask that people, no matter how experienced, please take all the usual safety precautions, accidents happen when you become lax about the danger that you may be in.
Anyone who chooses to use fireworks in an anti-social and irresponsible manner could find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Under the Fireworks Act there is a now a curfew preventing people from letting off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. If people are holding a fireworks party on November 5, the last rocket must have gone off by 11pm or they could find themselves liable for prosecution. Similarly we remind parents and youngsters themselves that it is now illegal for children under 18 to buy or in fact be in the possession of fireworks.
Denbighshire Trading Standards will be undertaking inspections and test purchases to each premise which sell fireworks to ensure compliance with firework legislation and age restricted products. We urge everyone in the community to help us make Halloween and Bonfire night as trouble free and as safe as possible and most important of all enjoyable.