Spectacular fireworks in town tomorrow

TOMORROW the sky above Ipswich will be a bright array of colour and sparkle for the town's firework spectacular.Every year this event is bigger and better than before and tomorrow more than 30,000 people are expected at Christchurch Park for what is one of the safest ways of enjoying Guy Fawkes night.

TOMORROW the sky above Ipswich will be a bright array of colour and sparkle for the town's firework spectacular.

Every year this event is bigger and better than before and tomorrow more than 30,000 people are expected at Christchurch Park for what is one of the safest ways of enjoying Guy Fawkes night.

Organisers from the 11th Ipswich Scout Group have now secured the use of two fire tenders to be stationed on site. They have been provided by voluntary groups and will be the first response to any incident, although emergency services will still be contacted.

These tenders will be among the only vehicles allowed on the park on Saturday night. There will be no car parking for members of the public but all town centre car parks will be open and there is limited off street parking in the vicinity.


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The town's two park and ride sites, at Copdock and Bury Road, will run special services to and from the event and additional local bus services will be running and passing close to Christchurch Park.

To ensure optimum entertainment on the night there will be live music on two stages – one from BBC Radio Suffolk and the other SGR – and a large funfair. There will also be many varied catering units to satisfy people's appetites.

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The firework display, designed and set off by internationally renowned Suffolk-based company Shell Shock, will involve an average of four explosions every second and will be set to music with an action and adventure theme.

But while entertainment will be foremost in most people's minds come Saturday, safety remains the priority of the event's organisers. Therefore, there are a number of rules which people are asked to abide by.

There will be no fireworks on site, except those which are part of the official 31st display. Sparklers and alcohol are also banned from the park.

David Savidge, from 11th Ipswich Scout Group, said: "The safety record of the Ipswich event is second to none. Let others do the planning for Guy Fawkes and just admire the end product."

Advance tickets for Saturday's spectacular are on still sale priced £4 for adults and £2.50 for children aged five to 15. Prices on the gate on the night are £6 and £4 respectively.

For details of where to buy tickets visit www.ipswichfireworks.org or phone Ipswich Tourist Information on 01473 258070.

n The display has been organised in association with The Evening Star and we will be there on the night with our mobile unit. We will be selling glo-sticks for £1 each.

n SUFFOLK Police are warning drivers of long delays and congestion in the Christchurch Park area of Ipswich tomorrow for the fireworks.

Sloane Street will be closed to cars so that people can use the main entrance to the park.

Police expect the congestion to begin late afternoon tomorrow and they are urging people to use their cars in the area only if it is a necessity.

Drivers should also be aware of the new road system and the fact that no left turn can now be made into St Margaret's Green from St Margaret's Street.

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