Popular firework display cancelled over health and safety concerns

29 year-old village event cancelled after insurance firm raises health and safety issues

An annual bonfire night and fireworks display, which has been traditionally held at the same place for the past twenty-nine years, has been cancelled for the first time ever, over health and safety concerns raised by an insurance firm, who say that the bonfire would be too close to nearby buildings.

The annual event has been held every year on November 5, at Ingham Village Hall, Ingham, for almost thirty years, on the parish council playing field but this year, the popular event has had to be cancelled because of changes to insurance conditions for the event organisers.

Bonfire night and firework display cancelled over and health and safety concerns

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Insurers have shown concern about the closeness of the bonfire to nearby buildings, saying that it would be within 100 metres of various buildings, including a school and houses, so the event has been cancelled.

Mick Slack, who set up the event nearly thirty years ago and is the former chairman of Ingham Village Hall, spoke about how sad the news of its cancellation was for him.

“It’s disappointment all round but we just cannot do anything about it. We’re hoping it is something we can continue if we can get the right insurance in place, or find a new site – but it is easier said than done.” Said Mr Slack.

He added that the committee was loathed to cancel the event but had no choice.

The bonfire night and firework display has been a special annual event enjoyed by the village community for the past twenty-nine years and has also helped to raise money for the village hall.

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