Thou­sands turn out to en­joy fire­works fun

Accrington Observer - - LOOKING BACK - JON MACPHER­SON

MORE than 2,000 rev­ellers turned out to cel­e­brate Bon­fire Night at Ac­cring­ton Cricket Club on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4.

The event, one of the big­gest in East Lan­cashire, was or­gan­ised by the three lo­cal Ro­tary clubs, Ac­cring­ton; Church and Oswaldtwistle; and Great Har­wood and Rish­ton, and was a ‘great suc­cess’.

Ro­tar­ian Jac­quie Bald­win, from the Ac­cring­ton club, said: “This an­nual bon­fire is one of the key joint Ro­tary events of the year and I wish to thank ev­ery­one who was in­volved with the pre­plan­ning and erec­tion of the bon­fire.

“The pub­lic of Hyn­d­burn al­ways turn out in large num­bers wet or fine, which en­sures a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money is raised which will be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal char­i­ties.”

Around £2,500 is ex­pected to be raised from the event, how­ever or­gan­is­ers said this is ‘ lower than in pre­vi­ous years’ be­cause there were ‘other com­pet­ing events on the same night’.

Michael Jack­son, of Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary Club, said: “For­tu­nately the weather kept dry dur- ing the evening al­low­ing the pub­lic to watch the event in good con­di­tions.”

Lo­cal firms sup­plied ‘many loads of wood and pal­lets’ for the bon­fire Ro­tary mem­bers vol­un­teered to be stew­ards on the night.

The or­gan­is­ers have thanked TCS Waste Lim­ited for the skips, Ac­cring­ton Mar­ket Hall for the bar­ri­ers and the cricket club for the use of their premises.

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