Come to the fireworks in Battersea Park
Published: Tuesday 26th October 10
Thousands of people are expected to attend the spectacular annual fireworks display in Battersea Park on Saturday, November 6. And with London's firefighters due to be on strike that night, event organisers are strongly urging families to attend this professionally managed and supervised display instead of trying to stage their own bonfire party.
The council's environment spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: "The display in Battersea Park is widely recognised as the best in London. It is a breathtaking and spectacular fireworks display that never fails to thrill the crowds.
"With London's firefighters staging industrial action on Bonfire Night we are strongly urging residents to come to the park and enjoy this carefully managed and professionally organised display, rather than trying to arrange their own back garden show.
"With fire cover in London likely to be under immense strain that weekend, attending a public display is the safe and sensible option."
As well as a magnificent pyrotechnic display from the internationally renowned Pains Fireworks - winners of the 2007 Golden Jupiter award at L'International Des Feux, regarded as the Olympics of the fireworks industry - the event will offer a large food court and bar to cater for all tastes.
Visitors can sample delicious bites from an international themed barbecue, a noodle bar or try Mexican, hot dogs and burgers, roasted chestnuts, toffee apples, candy floss, jacket potatoes, special vegetarian options or a speciality sausage stall. Mulled wine and beer can be purchased at the bar, and both soft and hot drinks can be purchased from the food outlets.
On the night, the gates to the park will open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, and this will be followed by the fireworks extravaganza at 8pm.
Admission costs £6 for adults and £1 for children under ten. Tickets are available at the gate on the night or for those who wish to avoid queues, purchased online or by phone or bought between 8am and 5pm on November 6 at any of the park's gates.
To buy tickets in advance online visit the e-shop at www.eventsgroup.co.uk or call 0845 070 6870. Both options will incur a £1 booking fee per transaction.
Discounts are available on advance purchases of six tickets or more, bought online, by phone or at the ticket booth at the park's Albert Gate. Advance sales close at 5pm on Friday, November 5 for online and phone purchase or 8pm that same day for visitors to the Albert Gate ticket booth.
In the interests of safety, visitors must not bring their own sparklers or fireworks to the display and should leave pets at home. Visitors must also not bring glass bottles into the park. Anyone found in possession of these items will be refused entry or removed from the park.
People who want to see what previous Battersea Park fireworks displays look like can view them at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX7UoARCNv4.
Comments received from members of the public after last year's display included:
"I just wanted to write to tell you how amazing I thought the fireworks were on Saturday at Battersea Park. The fireworks were timed to perfection, the choice of songs was fantastic, and the display was probably the best I have ever seen! Thank you so much." - Becky W.
"I just wanted to say a few things after seeing your display at Battersea Park on Saturday - firstly, that you guys absolutely ROCK and it was hands down the best fireworks display I've even seen." - Louise D.
"Thanks very much for you excellent display this year at 2009 in London Battersea! All our friends and family were amazed at what you did." - Rich W.
"I just wanted to show my appreciation for your display last night in Battersea. I am not an especially avid Firework fan, but I was completely blown away (excuse the pun) with your display; it was absolutely fantastic. Congrats on a successful event." - Andy S.
"Thanks SO much for an amazing firework display last night - it was one of the best I've ever been to!" - Paul M.
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