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Preparations underway for Carlisle Fireshow

[P]reparations are underway for this Saturday’s (4 November) 30th anniversary Carlisle City Council Fireshow.

Carlisle City Council staff, local volunteers and firework experts are setting the scene for the explosive event and are laying hundreds of pallets to create the bonfire build.

This year’s Bitts Park Fireshow will be held on Saturday 4 November and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Themed on the last three decades, the centre piece of the 30 foot bonfire will be giant box of fireworks with a colourful array of rockets and lots of whizzes and bangs. The firework display will follow the bonfire and will include 2,000 spectacular sparkles and a giant Catherine Wheel.

Pre-entertainment will start at 6.45pm and the Bitts Park bonfire lit at 7pm. A fairground will be open from 5.30pm on Castle car park (formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park).

Cllr Anne Quilter, portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure, said: “This year’s Fireshow will be a celebration of the 30 years of the sparkling community event. As well as a 30 foot bonfire, there will thousands of fireworks and a giant Catherine Wheel. It’s a must-see event not to be missed.”

Although the event is free to attend, a charity collection is held each year. All donations go towards the Rotary Club of Carlisle South (which donates most of its fundraising efforts to local good causes), and the Mayor’s Charity Fund, whose main beneficiaries this year are Carlisle Eden Mind, Royal British Legion – Carlisle & Stanwix Branch and Samaritans Carlisle.

Carlisle Fireshow is a family event and no alcohol will be permitted on site or within the fairground in Castle car park (formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park).

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event, organised in conjunction with Merlin Fireworks Ltd.

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