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Firework displays to light up the borough

Press release   •   Oct 24, 2013 16:16 BST

Three huge bonfires and firework displays will light the night sky across Rochdale borough, next week.

Residents are invited to throw on their warm clothes and head to one of Rochdale Borough Council’s organised bonfire and firework displays at:

  • Middleton at Bowlee Community Park, from 5pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday 29 October
  • Rochdale at Cronkeyshaw Common, Syke, 6 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 30 October
  • Heywood at Cherwell Avenue, 5 pm to 10 pm on Thursday 31 October.

All three bonfires will be lit at 7pm with firework displays due to start at 7.30pm.

Visitors to the bonfires at Middleton and Heywood can also enjoy the dodgems, big wheels and coconut shies at funfairs at these two events.

For the third year running, Rochdale Borough Council has banned all unauthorised bonfires on local authority land to keep people safe and reduce the likelihood of accidents. If any unauthorised bonfires are found they will be removed. The nine other local authorities in Greater Manchester have also adopted that approach.

Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Place and Regulation, said: “Attending an organised display is also a good way of ensuring that you stay safe on Bonfire Night. The borough has a proud tradition of staging fantastic family events on Bonfire Night and this year will be no exception. With three different events taking place across the borough, there’s enough choice to keep everyone entertained, and it’s all completely free of charge.

A whole host of agencies from across Greater Manchester, including the police, fire service and local authorities, will be working together to keep people safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period. To find out more and get top safety tips and advice, please visit

To report an unauthorised bonfire on council land please contact 0845 226 1800.

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