Broadwood Stadium to once again host fireworks display

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:34 GMT on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

CUMBERNAULD’S Broadwood Stadium is preparing once again to host its annual fireworks display which will light up the night’s sky.

Hosted at the away car park, the display will begin at 7.30pm on 4th November, lasting for around thirty minutes.

Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee said: "Fireworks and bonfires can be great fun for all the family but only if displays are organised properly and safely."

"Sadly, every year, people are injured when they try to set off their own fireworks or set up a bonfire. Along with Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, we would encourage residents to come along to one of our events, which are free, and enjoy the fireworks and other entertainment safely."

North Lanarkshire Council have released a list of rules ahead of the display at Broadwood to confirm that each display lasts about 30 minutes. Hot food and refreshments will be on sale; an adult must accompany children under 12; that in the interests of safety, no sparklers or fireworks are allowed; to wear suitable clothing and footwear for this outdoor event.

North Lanarkshire Council, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Strathclyde Police have teamed up to promote firework safety before the event.

Area Commander John Joyce of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: "All fireworks are dangerous items and must be carefully handled. It is essential that people follow the firework code to ensure they stay safe. Young people, in particular, need to be aware of the potential dangers and tragic consequences that their actions might have.

"Most injuries occur to young people, and our Community Firefighter will be visiting schools in North Lanarkshire to highlight the dangers associated with fireworks. Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Strathclyde Police and the North Lanarkshire Trading Standards are developing a campaign to ensure that fireworks are stored and used safely in North Lanarkshire."

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, Territorial Policing, said: "Organised bonfire nights and firework displays are always good fun - and we certainly want everyone to enjoy themselves. However, safety should be of the utmost importance, and is certainly our main concern.

"Bonfire night is one of the busiest nights of the year for both the Fire Service and Strathclyde Police, and sadly some fire crews become the victims of mindless violence. More fire crews are attacked and assaulted during bonfire night than at any other time of the year, so reckless behaviour will not be tolerated.