Fireworks show will rock you

ORGANISERS of this year's Queen-themed fireworks show at Christchurch Park today promised to give families attending a night to remember.

ORGANISERS of this year's Queen-themed fireworks show at Christchurch Park today promised to give families attending a night to remember.

Queen tribute band Rhapsody are set to play the Evening Star-supported event, while the Co-op Juniors will perform highlights from their We Will Rock You stage show.

The firework sequences have been designed by Shell Shock Fireworks, which has used digital firing technology to put on displays at a series of international events, including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

Shell Shock has planned explosions for some of Queen's most popular tracks and will use pyrotechnic effects never before seen in Ipswich.

The show, on Saturday, November 3, will include a futuristic battle sequence, and coloured smokes inspired by Flash Gordon, the eighties movie for which Freddie Mercury's legendary four-piece performed the soundtrack, as well as the same circular effects created for fireworks at the London Eye.

The display will also use line rockets, brightly coloured laser comets and large fuel explosions which go off in time to a section of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

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There will also be radio road shows from SGR fm and Town 102 and a children's funfair.

The park opens at 6pm and the display begins at 8pm. Tribute band Rhapsody will play from 7pm and will continue at the end of the fireworks. The park closes at 10.15pm.

Tickets are £6 for adults and £3.50 for children, or £8 and £5 on the day. They are available from Ipswich branches of Sainsbury's, Tesco at Copdock Mill, Martins News at Tower Ramparts shopping centre, the Evening Star offices in Lower Brook Street and the tourist information centre in St Stephen's Lane.

Tickets are also available from News Plus on The Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, the Evening Star offices in Hamilton Road in Felixstowe and Keith Avis newsagent's in Hadleigh High Street.

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ST JOHN Ambulance said it will be one of their busiest ever years as they provide first aid cover to at least 14 firework displays across Suffolk.

Around 100 St John's members will be involved at events including the Christchurch Park display and the Framlingham Firework Spectacular.

Last year, St John treated 36 spectators for injuries, including bangs to the head and eye injuries.

Rex Clarke, county commissioner for St John Suffolk, said anyone having a bonfire party, however small, should prepare sensibly and have a first aid kit at hand.

Tips include:

Minor burns - hold the affected area under cold water for at least ten minutes. Remove any jewellery and cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material to protect from infection.

Clothing on fire - stop the casualty panicking or running as any movement or breeze will fan the flames. Drop the casualty to the ground and, if possible, wrap them tightly in a coat, rug or other heavy-duty, inflammable fabric and roll the casualty along the floor until the flames have been smothered.

Major burns - cool the burn immediately under running water for at least ten minutes and dial 999 for an ambulance. Make the casualty as comfortable as possible.

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