Lanark Round Table fireworks display

Lanark Round Table annual fireworks display, Moor Park, Lanark  (Picture by Lindsay Addison)
Lanark Round Table annual fireworks display, Moor Park, Lanark (Picture by Lindsay Addison)

Lanark Round Table is holding its annual fireworks display and bonfire at Moor Park this Saturday night, November the Fifth.

The display starts at 6.30pm, and admission is £3 for adults, £2 for children.

And safety experts, who back organised events, are urging everyone in the run-up to Guy Fawkes night to report any worries about potentially dangerous bonfires.

South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue want everyone to put safety first during the fireworks season, and are asking people to attend organised events, rather than have their own bonfires.

Around bonfire night firefighters attend an average of 40% more incidents than during the rest of October and November and on 5th November itself the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attend four times as many call outs as on any other night taking them away from other incidents with potentially tragic consequences.

SFRS Area Manager Alan Fairbairn, the local senior officer for South Lanarkshire, said: “Everyone has their part to play in protecting our communities and preventing tragedy.

“Having to attend an unsafe bonfire makes a crew unavailable if a real emergency happens, meaning others would have to be sent from further away.”

“If someone is trapped in a house fire or after a collision on the roads it’s vital firefighters can get to them as quickly as possible, so we want the public to help ensure they aren’t tied-up at needless incidents.

“By alerting the council to any build-ups of bonfire materials people can help them act to prevent illegal and unsafe bonfires potentially delaying firefighters getting to people in a life-threatening situation.

“We want people to have a great time without risking tragedy or horrific injuries, so we’re asking anyone who is thinking of holding their own bonfire or fireworks display to attend an organised event instead.“

Unofficial bonfires represent a far greater risk of accidents and injuries than organised firework displays; they can cause damage to property and are often a magnet for anti social behavior including deliberate fire-raising.”

South Lanarkshire Council works closely with the fire service and other agencies to raise awareness of the risks and dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks.

A dedicated bonfire ‘hit squad’ is assigned to dismantle and remove unauthorised fires built on council land.

The squads will be assisted by the Community Wardens mobile CCTV van which will be out and about helping spot potentially dangerous bonfires early enough to have them removed.

Community Wardens and council workers going about their duties will also be on the lookout for potential problems for the ‘hit squads’ to tackle and known hot spots will be closely monitored.

Ian Guild, the council’s Grounds Services Manager said: “Members of the public who have concerns over bonfires in their community are asked during office hours to ring 0303 123 1020 (Monday to Thursday 8.45am – 4.45 pm and

Friday 8.45am – 4.15pm) or outwith these hours to contact our 24-hour hotline number on 0800 242024 and our bonfire hit squads will investigate.

“By choosing to attend only well organised, official bonfire events you can enjoy the bonfires and fireworks of Guy Fawkes Night and keep people, property and vital resources safe.”