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Snap, crackle and pop

Bonfire night’s fast approaching, and Manchester’s parks are preparing some exciting nights over the coming weeks…

Published on October 23rd 2006.

Snap, crackle and pop

You can tell that bonfire night's approaching. Our journeys home, already fraught with peril thanks to hazardous trams and renegade Stagecoach buses, develop an extra risk in the form of firework wielding scallies.

The walk home from the bus stop comes to resemble a shoot 'em up video game, with tracksuit clad youths jumping out from behind Vauxhall Novas and wheelie bins (easily confused) and launching rockets down the street.

But, despite the obvious dangers that accompany this time of year, there’s also lots of fun to be had at safe, organised firework displays where the likelihood of being attacked by a scally with a Catherine wheel are slim to none.

In the lead up to bonfire night, the skies above Manchester will be alight with pretty colours, and the sound of hundreds of people ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ in unison, as the city’s parks prepare for firework displays, bonfires and funfairs.

The displays that will be happening over the next couple of weeks are as follows:

Monday October 30
Brookdale Park
Tel: 0161 795 2650
Funfair and Fireworks from 7pm

Tuesday October 31
Crumpsall Park
Tel: 0161 795 2650
Funfair and Fireworks from 7pm

Wednesday November 1
Cringle Park
0161 223 8278
Funfair and Fireworks 7pm

Wednesday November 2
Philips Park
Tel: 0161 231 3090
Funfair and Fireworks Display 7.30pm

Friday November 3
Platt Fields Park
0161 224 2902
Funfair, Fireworks Display and Bonfire 7.30pm

Saturday November 4
Boggart Hole Clough
Tel: 0161 795 2650
Funfair and Fireworks Display 6.30pm

Sunday November 5
Wythenshawe Park
Tel: 0161 998 2117
Funfair and Fireworks at 7.30pm and bonfire starting at 8pm

Sunday November 5
Heaton Park
Tel: 0161 773 1085
Funfair 4pm until 9.30pm, Children's Fireworks (no loud bangs) 6.45pm, Fireworks 7.30pm, Bonfire 8pm

Councillor Mark Hackett, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture & Leisure said: "The city's annual fireworks displays and bonfire events are always an entertaining evening. They are a safe way for everyone to celebrate Bonfire Night and to see great pyrotechnic displays for free. The City Council takes every care in planning and managing these events so as not to impact on residents not attending."

So stock up on the toffee apples, wrap up warm and enjoy. But remember - don’t handle sparklers without thick gloves and never return to a lit firework. Unless it’s to throw it back at an ASBO.

Jayne Robinson
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