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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Best of British celebrated at Carlisle Fireshow

It was muddy underfoot but the focus was on the sky at Carlisle Fireshow which this year celebrated the best of British.

Thousands crowded into Bitts Park on Saturday night to watch as a wooden double decker bus, spitfire plane and blue police box went up in flames.

The fire took a while to take hold in the damp conditions and the crowds were entertained by BBC Radio Cumbria’s Val Armstrong and Jonathan Higgins from The Sands Centre.

Robert Bozic was in the crowd while his pregnant wife Janet watched from a safe distance on Stanwix Bank.

Mr Bozic, of Dalegarth Road, said: “It was much better than last year which was foggy. There was a lot of people but I don’t think it was as crowded as last year.

“The was a lot of British history in the show, which I liked.”

There were 15 minutes of spectacular fireworks and a funfair to enjoy next to the castle.

Organised annually by Carlisle City Council, the Fireshow is one of the most popular nights in the calendar and attracts up to 30,000 spectators.

Councillor Anne Quilter said: “The Fireshow is always a must-see event and this year was no exception.

“Themed around a Great British Bonfire, thousands of spectators packed Bitts Park and enjoyed a great family event.”

Have your say

I am a Carlisle lad who lives out of area and was fortunate enough to see the fireshow this year. Not only was I amazed but my other half says she has never seen a fireshow so good. It's a shame people cannot appreciate the event. Also, for all those people complaining about waiting in the cold, I though the length of time was about right.... If you dress for the weather. I saw men in t shirts and women with bare arms at the show. No wonder they were cold!

Posted by Lionel G on 10 November 2012 at 09:59

I don't come to this event because I prefer to moan about stuff I haven't experienced on internet forums.
People who do go to it don't know what they're missing.

Posted by Fiona on 8 November 2012 at 22:10

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