Bonfire celebrations set to go with a bang in Leeds

Bonfire Night at Roundhay Park, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme
Bonfire Night at Roundhay Park, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme
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The skies above Leeds are set to sparkle this Bonfire Night.

Six public bonfires will burn brightly as thousands of people celebrate on November 5.

Around 70,000 people are expected to flock to the city’s biggest bonfire at Roundhay Park on Wednesday evening.

The fire on Soldiers Field will be lit at 7.30pm and it will be followed by a fantastic firework display from 8pm with entertainment.

There will also be bonfires at East End Park, Springhead Park, Woodhouse Moor, Middleton Park and Bramley Park.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities, said: “Bonfire Night is always a brilliant night out for all the family, and as always we are ready to serve up a treat at six public bonfires held across the city.

“All of our bonfires are extremely popular, and we would ask people to arrive in good time so they do not miss out on any of the fun.

“Once again, I would like to offer a big thank you to our council staff, sponsors and partners who make the displays so special, and we hope everyone has a fantastic and safe time.”

The bonfires at Bramley Park, Springhead Park, Woodhouse Moor, Middleton Park and East End Park will be lit at 7pm, with fireworks will start at 7.30pm.

Organisers of the city’s Bonfire Night events are encouraging spectators to leave fireworks and sparklers at home before attending.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has warned families to stay safe in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Dr Julian Mark, Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “During the week of Bonfire Night festivities our staff will treat a number of children and adults with injuries ranging from minor burns to more serious, life-threatening conditions.

“Fireworks are safe when used properly and accidents are avoidable.

“However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are currently on strike until tomorrow evening in a row over pensions.

Firefighters in Leeds walked out as part of the four-day strike action, which began on Friday, during one of the service’s busiest weekends of the year.

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