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See The Sky Lit Up With Fireworks Over Stoke Park

Published on: 4 Nov, 2012
Updated on: 6 Nov, 2012

Guildford Lions’ Firework Fiesta takes place in Stoke Park on Monday, November 5, with thousands expected to watch the pyrotechnics light up the night sky.

Flashes and bangs from last year’s Fireworks Fiesta at Stoke Park, Guildford, organised by Guildford Lions.

A torch-lit procession makes its way from the Guildhall in the High Street to Stoke Park at 7.45pm. Anyone can take part, suggested donation £2 per person. Torches are £5 and will be available from 6.45pm to 7.3opm.

The procession will arrive at Stoke Park at 8.15pm. Meanwhile, commentary on the night’s events start at 7pm. At the park there will be a fun fair, live music and refreshments. The beacon will be lit at 8.25pm and the fireworks will commence at 8.30pm.

Charities that will benefit from proceeds include Guildford Action, the Prostate Project, KatCanDo and Disability Challengers.

Extra police patrols

Surrey Police and its partners are continuing with extra patrols over Bonfire Night in order to tackle any reports of antisocial behaviour.

As part of Surrey Police’s ongoing ‘scare yourself, not others’ campaign, launched to target antisocial behaviour over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, additional patrols will be taking place throughout the county on Monday, November 5.

Hundreds of specially designed Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night postcards with safety information and advice are also available at selected cinemas and schools in Surrey.

Superintendent Sharon Bush, who is co-ordinating the operation, said: “I’m really pleased with the response to our campaign messages so far and fortunately we did not see a significant rise in the number of reported incidents over Hallowe’en.

“Speaking to groups of potential troublemakers early doors has certainly made a difference and we’ve been encouraging people to contact us with any concerns and we’ll continue to do so as we approach Bonfire Night.

“Officers will be carrying out more patrols, especially around parks and public areas, over the coming days and anyone under the age of 18 caught carrying fireworks will have them confiscated.

“I would like to remind people that setting off fireworks in a public place or throwing them at people is both illegal and extremely dangerous. You could cause someone a serious injury and if caught you could face a fine of up to £5,000 and be imprisoned for up to six months. It really isn’t worth the risk so act responsibly and enjoy Bonfire Night.”

Officers from Surrey Police, Surrey County Council Trading Standards Service and Surrey Fire and Rescue have also been working together to ensure responsible trading. Shops selling fireworks have been reminded they need to store them in a safe fireproof place and they face criminal action and a fine of up to £5,000 if they sell them to anyone under the age of 18.

Anyone with information about shops that may be selling to young people can contact the Trading Standards Service via Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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