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Roads to close in Halton as thousands expected to attend free fireworks display
ROADS will be closed in Halton to ensure the safety of the annual firework extravaganza.
The free display will take place beside the Runcorn Widnes bridge on Tuesday, November 5 at 7.30pm.
Spectactors can watch from Mersey Road in Runcorn and Victoria Promenade in West Bank, Widnes.
A Halton Council spokesman said: “So that all the people viewing the display will be safe, it is essential that some of the roads in and around the area are closed to prevent traffic mixing with spectators.”
Mersey Road and King Street, Runcorn and St Mary’s Road, Widnes will be closed from 5.30pm until 9pm. Upper Mersey Road and West Bank Street, Widnes as well as all streets leading from these, will be closed except for residents.
The main access into Mersey Road, Runcorn on foot will be from the junction of Mersey Road and Bridge Street and the junction with Waterloo Road.
Signposts will be in place to direct pedestrians around the Town Centre.
To allow spectators to exit safely, Church Street in Runcorn will be temporarily closed from 7.50pm to 8.10pm at the junction of High Street through to Regent St. The traffic lights will be manually switched to allow swift exits from the town centre area.
Halton’s annual Bonfire night celebration is a free event for all the family and thousands of people from all over the north west are expected to flock to vantage points for the event.
This year's entertainment takes on an American theme, with the USA's Tomahawks Rugby League Team training in Halton.
Live entertainment from local bands and artistes starts at 6.30pm.
More than 60,000 spectators watched last year’s event.
Halton Clr Eddie Jones, board member for tourism, said: "Our two towns will be brought together in a dazzling display to rival anything you would find in the north west, all set to the backdrop of the iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge.
"So why not leave the sparklers at home and come and enjoy a safe and free show, guaranteed not to disappoint.
“The USA Tomahawks will be our special guests on the night, so watch from the ‘sidewalk’ as Hollywood comes to Halton.”
An American inspired soundtrack has been synchronised to a dazzling fireworks show which promises to bring all the glitz and glamour from across the pond to the River Mersey.
Firefighters are warning of the dangers of the misuse of fireworks during what will be a busy bonfire period for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Most injuries occur as a result of people building their own bonfires and setting off their own fireworks.
The message from firefighters to Halton residents is clear - go to an official display, which is much safer and always better value for money.
Alex Waller, Unitary Performance Manager for Halton, said: "Fireworks are extremely dangerous, it is all too easy for something that seems like a funny prank to end in tragedy.
“We are urging people not to buy their own fireworks, instead they should attend a properly organised event. This is not about us stopping people having fun. This is about us trying to keep people and property safe from the potentially devastating impact of fire.
“We want people to enjoy themselves over this time, but we want them to do it safely.”
Over the bonfire period smaller fire engines, known as targeted response vehicles will be monitoring high risk areas to enable a quick response to small nuisance bonfires and act as a deterrent.
Halton residents can report unlit bonfires via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Response is guaranteed within 24 hours.
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