Call to avoid back garden fireworks

Published: Wednesday 30th October 13

London Fire Brigade is urging people to cancel plans for their own firework displays because of a planned strike by firefighters, and instead attend an organised display.

In Wandsworth the council-run public display is in Battersea Park on Saturday, and is expected to be one of the biggest and most spectacular in London.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm on Friday in a dispute over pensions. A second strike will be held for two hours from 6am on Monday November 4. Only serious incidents will be attended by crews during those times.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Fireworks cause serious fires each year and bonfires can quickly get out of control, which is why we're urging people to attend organised displays on Friday.”

Cllr Jonathan Cook, the council’s culture spokesman, said:

“The Battersea Park event is a fantastic display, and will give you far more bang for your buck than setting off a few fireworks in your back garden, as well as being much safer. The firefighters strike means it makes more sense than ever this year to attend a proper organised fireworks display.”

There’s still time to buy tickets for this year’s Battersea Park fireworks display, but they are selling fast. You must buy them in advance - no tickets will be available on the door.

Because it's close to Halloween, it will have a 'shrieks and skulls' theme, including a spooky music score. The compere will be award-winning comic Eddie Kadi. The display will be fired by award-winning pyro-technicians Pains Fireworks and a food court and bar will be offering refreshments throughout the evening.

Tickets are available priced £8 each until Friday (November 1).

The Civic Suite is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, while the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm.

On Saturday November 2 they will cost £10 and can be bought on the website only up until the time gates open. Simply print the tickets out and present them at the gate. They are not available on the gate, over the phone or at any outlets.

Entry for children aged under 10 is free but they will still require a ticket.


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