Bonfire Night celebrations to be marked by six Leeds City Council public bonfires

Council contractors build the bonfire in Roundhay Park. PIC: Scott Merrylees
Council contractors build the bonfire in Roundhay Park. PIC: Scott Merrylees
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Six public bonfires are once again set to light up the sky above Leeds later this week.

Public bonfires organised by Leeds City Council will be held at Roundhay Park, East End Park, Springhead Park in Rothwell, Woodhouse Moor, Middleton Park and Bramley Park on Friday, November 4.

And as always accompanying the bonfires will be a dazzling and safe firework display.

The biggest bonfire held in Leeds is at Roundhay Park which traditionally attracts an estimated crowd of 70,000 people each year.

The bonfire on Soldiers Field will be lit at 7.30pm and followed as always by a magical firework display at 8pm.

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Sponsoring the Roundhay Park bonfire this year is the Yorkshire Magical Lantern Festival, who will be showcasing a spectacular Chinese Lantern Festival at the park from November 25 to January 2, 2017.

Visitors to each of the council’s bonfires are encouraged in the interests of safety, to leave their own fireworks and sparklers at home and enjoy the entertainment provided by the council.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “We are very proud to be able to offer once again six brilliant public bonfires across the city to mark Bonfire Night.

“All of our public bonfires offer a safe and fun environment that people of all ages can enjoy, and as always we would anyone who is wishing to attend to make sure they arrive early so they do not miss out on the festivities.

“We are very fortunate to have a great team at Leeds City Council who work extremely hard behind the scenes to manage our public bonfires on the night.”

She added: “I would like to personally thank them for all their efforts and also our sponsors and partners for their continued support and help.”

White Rose Shopping Centre is sponsoring the bonfires at Middleton Park and Rothwell Springhead Park this year. These bonfires along with those at Bramley Park, East End Park and Woodhouse Moor, will be lit at 7pm, with fireworks set to begin at 7.30pm.

Steve Foster, White Rose Shopping Centre general manager, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Middleton Park bonfire once again, as well as Rothwell Springhead Park for the first time; the events are always a magical start to the winter season. South Leeds is a fantastic area with such a strong sense of community, and we’re proud to have been a part of that for so many years. We look forward to enjoying this year’s festivities with everyone at the bonfires.”

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