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2,000 fireworks to fill night sky at Carlisle Fireshow

Sounds from 20,000 big bangs will fill the night sky as an explosive show wows crowds.

Carlisle Fireshow photo
Working on this year's bonfire

Up to 35,000 people are expected to pack out Bitts Park for the annual Carlisle Fireshow tonight.

And they will be treated to a display that will feature 2,000 fireworks that will unleash a staggering 20,000 bangs.

Producing and staging the event – with pyrotechnics fired against the backdrop of a bonfire built out of 1,400 pallets – is a massive job.

An 18-tonne truck was needed just to transport all of the fireworks to the city, while a specialist construction crew has spent days on site piecing everything together.

Phil Aitken, the production manager brought in by Carlisle City Council to make sure everything runs smoothly, said: “It will be a really good show. People will enjoy it.

We’ve been planning all of this from our warehouse in Runcorn for months.”

The Carlisle Fireshow has earned a reputation as one of the best events of its kind in the country, attracting people from across northern England and southern Scotland.

“It’s a fantastic show. I love being part of it. It’s one of the highlights of the year for my team,” Mr Aitken added.

Visitors at tonight’s free show are being urged to give generously to charity collectors, with money split between the Mayor of Carlisle’s Charity Fund and the Rotary Club of Carlisle South.

This year’s theme is the Carlisle Story, telling the tale of some of the city’s colourful past and the characters who have built it into the place recognised today.

It builds on the success of this summer’s Carlisle Pageant.

Mayor Ray Bloxham urged people to turn out for the Fireshow, adding: “The success of the Fireshow shows Carlisle can provide an event that attracts people from other areas to the city. It adds to tourism and to the economy.”

Parking, safety and access

All Carlisle City Council car parks are free after 6pm. Some other car parks may charge.

Throughout today there will be no vehicle access to Bitts Park. The Sheepmount will also be closed.

No vehicle access to Dacre Road (between Carlisle Castle and Bitts Park).

Limited parking for Blue Badge holders at Bitts Park (Dacre Road) car park on a first come, first served basis.

No vehicle access to Bitts Park from Willowholme or The Sheepmount.

The Devonshire Walk skate park will be closed from lunchtime.

A viewing area for wheelchair users will be set aside on the Sheepmount Road.

Up to two carers allowed on the viewing area per wheelchair user.

After the event has ended, those wanting to walk to the west of the city will be filtered to the right of Devonshire Walk (towards Caldewgate and the pedestrian crossing opposite the former Globe pub).

Those wanting to walk into the city centre will be filtered to the left and will then be able access Castle Street across Castle Way (between the barriers opposite the castle).

Smoke, noise, embers and mud underfoot are inevitable.

Visitors are asked to come prepared wearing warm clothing and suitable footwear.


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