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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle Fireshow to light up horrible history

ROMANS, an evil sheriff and a battling king provide the inspiration for this year’s Carlisle Fireshow.

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Big attraction: More than 35,000 expected to watch spectacular fire and fireworks at Bitts Park, Carlisle

More than 35,000 people are expected at the Bitts Park spectacular on Saturday, November 2.

They will witness the story of Carlisle’s colourful history brought to life in flames and fireworks.

Ironically, it will include the tale of another great fire – one which plunged the city into crisis.

More than 2,000 fireworks will be fired into the night sky as the fire burns during the hour-long free show.

Carlisle Fireshow is one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, attracting people from all over northern England and southern Scotland.

Supporters say it brings with it a cash boost for Carlisle, as well as supporting charities. It’s organised by Carlisle City Council and leader Colin Glover’s looking forward to seeing the show.

He said: “This year’s fireshow is guaranteed to be a great family night out.

“Following a Carlisle story theme, it will animate our history in a dramatic celebration.

“The 2,000 fireworks and giant bonfire will make sure the event is a sparkling success.”

This year’s fireshow is the 27th organised by the council. The events always follow a theme and this year’s is The Carlisle Story.

Interest in the city’s history has been heightened this year with some of its most prominent figures reincarnated as massive puppets for this summer’s Carlisle Pageant.

The fireshow production will re-enact history from Roman times and will retell the story of the 1292 Great Fire of Carlisle.

It will feature an appearance by the menacing Sheriff de Lucy, who refused the citizens of Carlisle their right to trade because the great fire burned the documents proclaiming their rights to trade, and the resurgence of the city as a thriving market town thanks to King Edward III.

About 1,000 wooden pallets will be used to build the bonfire, which is lit at 7pm. Pre-fire entertainment starts at 6.30pm.

A viewing area for wheelchair users will be set aside on the Sheepmount Road. Up to two carers will be allowed on the viewing area per wheelchair user.

Entrance is free, although collections will be made for the Mayor’s Charity Fund and Rotary Club Carlisle (South).

The event is organised in conjunction with Highlights Pyrotechnics Ltd. Support is also received from Brampton Pallets, Brampton Skip Hire, Browns Haulage, Carlisle Scaffolding, CN Group, Cumbria Waste Recycling, Doves, Edmundson Electrical, Erik’s Industrial Services, Instock, Johnstone Leyland Paint, Lambert & Gill, Longhorn, Mobile Mini UK Ltd, Parkgate, Pirelli, Premier Papers, Screwfix, Story Group, Thomas Graham & Sons, Top Notch, Travis Perkins and Wallace Oils.

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