Saturday, 13 February 2016

Blaze of glory

CLEAR skies provided the perfect conditions for an explosive bonfire night, enjoyed by thousands across Furness.
The two organised events, at Hawcoat Park and Furness Rugby Union Football Club, attracted their biggest crowds in history, following the cancellation of the Holker Street firework display.

Roads surrounding the venues were gridlocked but the spectators who worked through the queues were not disappointed.
The skyline was illuminated in every direction as fireworks streaked across the rooftops.
Nine-year-old Joseph Smith, of Westbourne Crescent, Barrow, said: “It was brilliant.”
The Victoria Juniors pupil enjoyed the bonfire and pyrotechnics at Furness Rugby’s ground, at Strawberry Grounds, with his parents and sister.
“The fireworks were best,” he said.
“Especially the ones that went up, exploded and sparks came off.”
Jacques O’Neill agreed.
The nine-year-old from Westway, Barrow, said: “It was rapid. The fireworks were brilliant, especially the screamy ones.”
The impressive displays were the finale to a night of family entertainment which started with lighting the fires and included traditional bonfire fare of hotdogs and treacle toffee.
House chairman at Furness Rugby Union Football Club, Les Hall, admitted they were “overwhelmed” by the number of people who turned up but thanked the police for their support.
He added: “It’s been a fantastic night. We couldn’t do it without all the club members and the ladies in the kitchen, who gave up their time for nothing. Once again it was a fantastic display by Chris Reid.”
The screeches and bangs continued long after the events were over as people enjoyed the occasion from their own back yards.
For those who missed out last night there will be displays at Dalton United Football Club tonight, Cartmel tomorrow and Bootle pavilion on Saturday.


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