Fireworks Spectacular at Pype Hayes

By on 02/11/2011 in Culture, News

The skies will light up with a spectacular display of fireworks on Saturday 5 November at Pype Hayes Park, Erdington, organised by Birmingham City Council. 

The council is urging people to attend safe, organised displays, such as this Pype Hayes event.

 When the gates open at 4pm, visitors will be able to experience the thrills and spills of the funfair, and warm up with some snacks.  The fireworks will start at 7.30pm.

As always, safety is highest on the agenda and visitors are asked to leave their pets and fireworks at home. Any alcohol or fireworks (including sparklers) brought on site by visitors will be confiscated and destroyed. No dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said, “We all know the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professionally organised event and this fantastic free evening will once again be the most spectacular firework display in Birmingham.  The fireworks draw huge crowds every year and I’m sure this family event will be as popular as ever this year.”

Steve Vincent, Head of Community Safety for West Midlands Fire Service, added: “West Midlands Fire Service always recommends, where possible, that people visit organised firework displays as this reduces any potential risk of harm.”

Event sponsored by Bob Wilson Funfairs.  For further information, call 0121 303 3008 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/fireworks.

ENDS

Media contact:
Debbie Harrison   debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk   0121 303 4476

Notes:
4pm - Gates Open
7.30pm - Fireworks display
10pm - Event finishes

Transport
There is no parking at Pype Hayes Car Park (except for people with disabilities – access off Chester Road). However there is free parking at the Fort Shopping Centre and a special park and ride service from 5.30pm-11pm. Shuttle buses will be located near W H Smith and will run from The Fort to the Bagot Arms opposite the park. Network West Midlands bus routes to Pype Hayes Park: 28, 67, 114, 914.

Safety Information
Organised fireworks displays are the safest way to enjoy fireworks. Please leave your pets and fireworks at home. Any fireworks (including sparklers) brought on site will be confiscated and destroyed.
No dogs, except guide dogs. 

West Midlands fire Service recognises that people may prefer to celebrate the occasion at home with family and friends and where this is the case, people are reminded to ensure that:

  • Fireworks are stored safely (usually in a tin with a lid)
  • They comply with the guidance set out in the firework code
  • Children are always supervised around fireworks
  • They never return to a firework which has failed to go off - it may go off unexpectedly
  • They never pour petrol or other flammable materials over a bonfire
  • They make sure spectators maintain a safe distance
  • They ensure the bonfire is safely constructed away from buildings, fences and other materials which could catch alight if the fire spreads; and
  • They remember it can take several hours for a bonfire to fully extinguish.

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