BONFIRE NIGHT 2017: Where to see a fantastic firework display in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble

Here is our round-up of events taking place in and around Preston, Chorley and South Ribble this Bonfire Night.

**Friday, November 3, 2017 events:

Preston Grasshoppers Annual Firework Display – Gates open 6 pm, bonfire from 7 pm and fireworks from 8 pm.

Tickets are £5.50, family ticket for two adults and two children is £16.50
There is limited parking available.

Guy Fawkes Evening at Dobbies – Clifton, Nr Preston
During the evening there will be food or supper in the restaurant, followed by a fireworks display.

Astley Bonfire and Fireworks – Astley Park, Chorley
Watch one of the country’s best fireworks display teams light up the Chorley skies.

**Saturday, November 4, 2017 events:

Red Bank Scout Group Bonfire & Firework Display – Duxbury Park, Bolton Road, Chorley – Starts 6.30pm

Free entry, donations please, no private fireworks. Refreshments on sale. Glow novelties on sale on the park only.

Thornton Hall Farm Bonfire Night & Firework Extravaganza – Thornton in Craven, nr. Skipton – Gates open 6pm, display from 7.30pm

The event includes a huge bonfire, live music and entertainment!

Garstang and District Lions Bonfire and Fireworks Night – Garstang
Bonfire from 7 pm, fireworks at 7.30pm

Leyland Round Table bonfire night event – Worden Park, Leyland

The bonfire which raises over £25,000 for local causes each year was attended by over 15,000 people last year. The event will feature a 20-minute firework display. Parking is available at Runshaw College but is not part of the entry ticket price. Tickets are £5 per person and cheaper if purchased in advance from local schools and the Leyland Town Hall reception. Under 5’s are free.

**Sunday, November 5, 2017 events:

Huntleys Bonfire and Firework Display – Huntley’s Farm, Whalley Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UN – Gates open 5 pm
The bonfire will be lit at 5 pm with the fireworks display following at 6 pm. Tickets in advance adults and children £5, Under 3’s Free

Guy’s ‘Fabulous Fireworks’ – Bilsborrow, Nr Preston – from 6:30 pm
The event is set to feature a spectacular fireworks display to music, with children’s rides and attractions.

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Bonfire – Chorley – Gates open from 5:30 pm, bonfire 7 pm, fireworks 7:30 pm
The event is held at Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre, off West Way in Euxton.

Bamber Bridge FC Family Firework Display – Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Brownedge Road, from 4 pm – 9 pm
Get set for a spectacular firework display as they team up with NW Fireworks supplier to ensure the display will be one of the best around.
During the event, there will be children’s rides, candy floss, and hot and cold food. Admission is free with donations on the day gratefully received.

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Temporary road closures to take place in South Ribble

Sections of Pope Lane in South Ribble will temporarily close for junction work from Monday, September 11 to Saturday, October 7, says Lancashire County Council.


The closures will affect Pope Lane on both sides of the junction with the A582 (Penwortham Way/Golden Way).


To the north of the junction, Pope Lane will be closed between the A582 and Bloomfield Grange. To the south of the junction, Pope Lane will be closed between the A582 Penwortham Way and Lindle Lane.

During these closures, vehicles will be unable to turn from the A582 Golden Way/Penwortham Way onto Pope Lane, from either direction.

Work to improve the A582 junction at Penwortham Way and Pope Lane in South Ribble is well underway and on schedule.

These changes are the latest stage of the work to create a new traffic light-controlled junction, in place of the previous roundabout. The aim is to create extra capacity along the A582, to help people to get around, reduce congestion and improve journey times.

Whilst these restrictions are in place, two separate traffic diversions will be in place:

• To the north via Pope Lane, Cop Lane, Millbrook Way and Golden Way
• To the south via Pope Lane, Chain House Lane and Penwortham Way

Lancashire County Council says it is carrying out these improvements to add capacity to the A582 and reduce delays on this key route in and out of Preston, and across South Ribble.

The widening and upgrading of the A582 is one of the four major road schemes included in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. The improvement work is being carried out by the county council.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re doing everything that we can to keep any disruption to a minimum and complete this important work as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’re currently on schedule.

“We’re sorry for any disruption to people’s journeys, and any inconvenience to local residents and businesses, during the work on this major route.

“Signs on site will make people aware of these changes. These restrictions may be lifted for short periods of time, where possible, as the work progresses.

“Temporary changes to the road network are only made when absolutely necessary, for the safety of our highway teams and all road users, and to carry out work on specific sections. Thank you in advance for your patience during this time.”

For more information about the improvements visit the City Deal website, email, follow them on Twitter @lancscitydeal or call 0300 123 6780.

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New video shows impact of taking ‘only one drag’ of Spice

This video shows a man writhing on the ground in the city centre after allegedly having ‘only one drag’ of Spice.  The footage, filmed at some point last week, has been released by Nottingham City Council.  It comes just days after the city’s community protection officers were “overwhelmed” by the number of people needing medical attention after allegedly taking Black Mamba and Spice.

he Post has previously reported that paramedics are being called up to five times a day to drug users “zombied” on the streets of Nottingham after taking Spice or Black Mamba.

And in August a 37-year-old man died after taking Black Mamba.

Councillor Toby Neal, portfolio holder for community and customer service at Nottingham City Council, wants the Home Office to help cities crackdown on the “worrying increase” in the number of incidents of people using the drugs.

He said: “It’s a concern in terms of the health impacts for users as well as the impact on our communities, residents and visitors.

“There’s a limit to what we can do within existing legislation – what’s needed is some leadership from Government on a problem that is beginning to have a big impact on all cities. Cities need to be able to work together with the Home Office because we can’t do it on our own.

“Criminal action is only one part of the solution, but the legislation which covers these drugs is ineffective and needs to be reviewed to take into account the impacts they are having.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service, which was called out to a record high 15 “zombied” drug users in one weekend in July, has previously warned against the use of the drugs.

Wendy Hazard, ambulance operations manager for Nottinghamshire, said: “These drugs are dangerous and often contain harmful chemicals which can put lives at risk.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We recognise how dangerous synthetic cannabinoids, such as those found in spice and black mamba, can be and the devastating impact that they can have on communities, families and the individuals taking them.

“That is why we acted to ban these so-called legal highs under the Misuse of Drugs Act and give the police the powers they need to take action, including making possession illegal and delivering longer sentences for dealers.

“Our new drug strategy has placed recovery and protecting the vulnerable at its heart – supporting people though treatment while tackling the supply of illegal drugs.”

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Subways being filled in at Preston Bus Station

An underground feature of Preston city centre is to be no more.

Subways linking the city’s grade-II listed Bus Station with Carlisle Street, St John’s Shopping Centre and the Guild Hall are to be filled in.

Work began on Monday (4 September) to fill the subways with foamed concrete.

Lancashire County Council says the white-tiled passageways have become hotspots for anti-social behaviour over the years, along with litter and graffiti.

The three subways have been closed to the public since early 2017.

The Bus Station is to be accessed by new routes above ground as well as the new western public square once it is complete.

While the building is listed, the subways are not.

Project manager for the Bus Station redevelopment Andrew Barrow said: “This is another important stage in the redevelopment of this landmark building. We know that the subways have attracted a lot of problems over the years, which led some people to avoid them or even avoid the bus station overall.

“Our aim is very clear. We want to create an inviting and improved space for people, whether they are catching a bus, parking here, or coming into the city for work, shopping or leisure.

“Filling in the subways will allow us to start work on the next stages of this exciting redevelopment project.”

Preston Bus Station works continue Pic: Paul Melling

Work on the northern and southern subways has already started and the central subway is to see work begin on Monday 18 September.

Tiles from the subways have been taken from the subways to be reused elsewhere in the building work.

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How do you feel about the refurbishment on a Preston car park?

As part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the bus station, work is taking place to repair and renovate the building.

Work being carried out on bus station car park.

Lancashire County Council says the Bus Station now has wider parking spaces, new lighting, car park surfaces, payment machines and security cameras.

We are looking for you to take part in this simple poll, all information will be used to understand how the community of Preston feel about the work that is being taken out on the grade 2 listed building in order to bring it up to the modern world we live in today.

Work now continues on other levels of the Bus Station to improve the car park.

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Target date for opening of new Preston Market announced

The construction of the new Preston Markets is progressing on schedule, council chiefs have reported.

Market traders, residents, contractors and councillors are now pleased to see the completion date edging ever closer.

“If you haven’t yet had a chance to see the progress, take a look through the viewing windows located at the top and bottom of the 1875 market canopy or from the Upper Market balcony”.

Target date for opening is Monday December 4.

Installation of the steel structure was finished in July.

The completion of this stage formed the skeleton of the building with the new Market Hall now beginning to take shape. Since then ducting for services and drainage works have been completed.

This was a major piece of work due to the complexity of the service provisions required for each stall.

Completion of this has enabled the pouring of concrete for the floors.

The next key stage in the build is the arrival and installation of the glazed curtain walling during August – an exciting milestone in the project.

Market traders have been kept fully up to date on the project and have also been to look around the site with contractors Conlon.

All looks good for the covered market hall and the box market to be completed on time.

But that could alter if any unexpected delays take place.

Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “I am pleased to announce that we are on target for the opening of the new Market Hall before Christmas.

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The Gamull – Preston boarded for last time?

The Gamull is a large pub situated on the busy Longridge Road, just two miles from Preston City Centre. It is located in a densely populated area and surrounded by shops and other businesses. The pub is within easy access of the M6 motorway and benefits from being located on a main bus route. We believe this pub should be a fantastic community local and with the right licensee in situ we want to invest in the site – These works will include new signage, interior and exterior redecoration.

Preston Gamull Pub boarded for one last time? or is it?

So after speaking with Admiral Taverns today Citybeat have managed to clear a few things as to why the Gamull at Preston is boarded up yet again.  Being boarded up in the last few weeks is basically a security measure to assure that there is no damage to the internal of the property.  Ashley Kirk – recruitment Co – (01244 321 171), said “We are in fact talking with someone at the moment who is really interested in taking over the public house”, however due to issues with the electricity being cut off there is nothing we can do until this issue has been sorted.

Hoping to getting it open as soon as possible, 

Ashley Kirk the recruitment Coordinator for Admiral also in the same breath said “If anyone within the local community wants to look at taking on the Gamull as a business then to contact her via the phone number above.

After speaking with a previous tenants we managed to get a statement as to why they are no longer in the Gamull –  “When we were coming towards the end of our contract and ready to sign for another 5 years, the area manager said they was wanting to do a refurbishment but this would result in an increase in rent, which was already close to £700 a week, now in month’s before this we had been asking the brewery for help as most places people can go it’s £2,30/2.50 a pint and how we could not compete with them at the prices they charge us for a barrel we got zero help, so after month’s of no wages and bill’s mounting we concluded the business was no longer viable, so sadly gave our notice to quit, it was the hardest decision ever to make. Since we have left the Gamull there has been several managers who don’t seem to have made it work. we hope they get someone soon because it is a great pub in the heart of a great community and would be a crying shame to lose it,”
So at the end of this story we can confirm that the Gamull is not shut long term but only until the brewery find someone able to take on the local public house.
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Lottery cash award to help charity Headway support brain injury survivors

A charity established due to a lack of support for brain injury survivors has received a substantial lottery windfall.

Headway Preston and Chorley has been singled out for praise as the recipient of a £10,000 handout from firm Multilotto.

The charity, based in Deepdale, says the funds will help contribute to its comprehensive support and respite services for survivors, their family and carers.

Manager Liz Bamber said: “We currently support more than 400 families and this number is growing by the day as more people survive traumatic injuries through advances in medical science and acute care in hospital.

“This makes funding such as this so very important to us and it will enable us to continue our work supporting adults after they have acquired a brain injury from critical care to community.”

Multilotto – a company offering UK customers the chance to play lotteries across the world – had been inviting nominations for worthy community causes as part of a commitment to donate a proportion of its profits to charity.

And bosses said Headway’s nomination “really stood out” from the rest.

Multilotto manager Andrew Clarke, said: “We’ve had an overwhelming response to the call out across the North West, and it’s been great reading about all of the fantastic people and good causes that are in the area.

“The nomination for Headway Preston and Chorley really stood out as they do some amazing work caring and supporting individuals and families that have been affected by brain injury.

“We’re absolutely delighted to present them with a £10,000 donation on behalf of Multilotto towards their ongoing work in Lancashire.”

Headway operates across the country and its Preston base was established in 2010. It offers support to survivors, their families and carers.

For example, the organisation holds regular drop-in advice sessions designed to develop skills and boost the confidence of brain injury sufferers and also works to raise awareness of “acquired brain injury”.

Ms Bamber added: “We are thrilled to receive this award and would like to thank Multilotto for supporting our small North West charity.”

What does Headway do?

Headway’s Preston branch was established following an accident involving the organisation’s present charity project manager Liz Bamber’s son. The 25-year-old sustained a brain injury in a motorbike accident and the lack of support in Lancashire inspired Liz and a handful of other volunteers to create the local outlet. Family members and carers can attend a range of sessions including drop in sessions, activity days and carers groups, where families, friends and carers can share information and support and ask for advice. Headway Preston and Chorley also works to promote awareness of acquired brain injury in the local community by means of information, advice and training. The charity, which operates across the country, provides factsheets and booklets about the effects of brain injury, financial advice, legal advice and guidance about claiming welfare benefits. Acquired brain injury refers to damage caused since birth, as a result of accidents or trauma, differentiating them from those caused by genetic or congenital disorders. To find out more about Headway Preston and Chorley visit

Marion Aston

‘It turned my life upside down’ In 2002, Marion Aston, was on holiday with her three-year-old son Mitchell in North Wales. They were driving with a plan to go crabbing at a nearby beach. A head-on collision meant the mother and son did not make it to their destination. Thankfully, young Mitchell suffered minor injuries having been strapped into a child seat. Marion, though, suffered impact injuries to her head causing lasting damage to her brain. The 51-year-old has retrograde amnesia and doesn’t remember much about the crash and her knowledge of the events – such as the roof of her vehicle having to be cut off by firefighters in order to free her – are from what she has been told since. What Marion, who lives in Bamber Bridge, can recall is being discharged from hospital weeks later without any support services in place and having to cope with the impact of the injuries to her brain. She said: “It’s calming down now but the first few years I used to lose my temper very quickly and I wasn’t myself. I was very unpredictable and would fly off the handle at the smallest of things. The accident turned my life upside down.” Headway’s Preston branch had not been established around this time and Marion had initially got in touch with the organisation’s national office. She was soon put in contact with Headway officer Liz Bamber and since the local branch has been up and running in 2010, Marion has been a regular visitor. She said: “I was told I was fit to work initially and I remember just starting to cry and I didn’t know what to do. I knew I couldn’t cope with full-time work. “Headway has been absolutely brilliant for me, to be with people who understand brain injuries makes such a difference. “There are lots of things that can affect you, such as fatiguing very quickly and, for example, when you walk into a room with lots of people in it can overwhelm you.” With Headway’s help and support, Marion is back working part-time as a swimming teacher at West View leisure centre. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic (that the organisation has been handed the funding boost)”, she said. “They really deserve it for what they have done for everybody. It has turned me from somebody who wanted to stay in the house all the time to someone who is back out working.”

Carl Galvin – ‘They have lots of empathy and are very supportive’

There is not too much Carl Galvin can remember about the horrendous night back in April 2011. He was out with friends in Liverpool city centre watching football, he knows that much. Days later, following an unprovoked attack, the 33-year-old remembers waking up in a hospital bed. Originally from the Wirral, Carl moved to Ribbleton shortly after and got in touch with Headway with a view to volunteering. He wanted to be of service to others who were also suffering with what he was going through. He said: “I’m a caring person and I just wanted to help those who had suffered brain injuries, like me. Because I was going through it, I knew I would be able to help.” Carl has short-term memory problems, he says he can’t remember what has happened five minutes ago, and, therefore, requires supervision with certain everyday activities such as cooking. He also struggles to express himself. “I know what I want to say, but then sometimes can’t get the words out,“ he explains. “Talking to you now, for example, I know exactly what I want to say but I struggle verbally.” Carl volunteers at Headway and through his work with the organisation has gained, and is continuing to study towards, new qualifications, including courses in health and social care. He explained that he now has a desire to better himself through education and is taking advantage of a fresh start. Headway provides a sense of community for him. He said: “It gives me an understanding that I’m not the only one. I used to feel alienated and isolated and that can lead to depression or anxiety. “The brain is very complex and injuries to it can affect people in a lot of different ways. “This kind of thing could happen to anyone.” In regard to the organisation he volunteers for receiving a funding boost, Carl says the staff deserve it. “They have lots of empathy and are very supportive,” he said. “Nothing is too big or small for them, they will always help you out, they always go out of their way.”

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Classic cars returning to Miller Park

Dozens of classic cars will line a grade-II listed park in the centre of Preston.

The classic car show returns to Miller Park for its annual summer showcase.

More than 100 cars are to be shown at the park.

It’s free to have a browse round the vintage cars, which are all pre-1975 classics.

Cars are on show from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 12 August.

The cars will be in Avenham and Miller Parks.

Six categories have trophies to be handed out.

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