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THE BIG BANG IS BACK – OLDHAM’S CIVIC BONFIRE PROMISES FEAST OF FIRE

Oldham Council’s ‘Big Bang’ bonfire celebrations are returning for the sixth year and the free event planned to be the biggest and best yet.

Oldham Edge will again host the family-friendly event which this time promises a ‘Feast of Fire’ to light up the skies, above Oldham, on Thursday, November 2.

This year’s firework display is organised by ‘Fantastic Fireworks’, double winners of the British Fireworks Championship. They will be taking centre stage with a pulse-racing, choreographed display.

Headlining the event is Flame Oz, the UK’s premier fire act which has performed in more than 40 countries. They will be performing a spectacular ‘glow show’ display followed by a high energy fire dance and juggling extravaganza.

New to this year’s Big Bang are Raijin Storm whose ancient Japanese guardians will be drumming up thundering rhythms to delight and entrance audiences of all ages in a dynamic and interactive display.

Elliot Eastwick, popular local breakfast show DJ from our event partners Revolution 96.2, will guide the crowds through proceedings.

The Oldham Edge site will open from 5pm, starting with a funfair and food stalls, with the main event at 6pm.

Oldham Council is continuing the tradition of giving one lucky child the chance to push the button and launch a fireworks display that will be visible from every corner of our borough from around 7pm.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “This is the sixth year that we’ve held the Big Bang in Oldham and once again we’ve lined up another stunning array of entertainment. The event is absolutely free, fun and safe for families and we can’t think of a better way to mark Bonfire Night. Don’t just turn up for the fireworks though – you can get on site from 5pm onwards to enjoy the fairground and food stalls, plus an amazing stage show of fire and light.”

To enter your child in our free prize draw to start the firework display, simply visit The Big Bang webpage at www.oldham.gov.uk/bonfire.

All town centre car parks owned by Oldham Council will be free of charge from 3pm on the day.

The event – the local authority’s largest annual celebration – aims to discourage smaller groups of people from holding unsupervised bonfires which can put extreme pressure on emergency services. Plans are shared with Greater Manchester Police and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to help maximise public safety.

Some items – especially alcohol, sparklers and fireworks – are not permitted on site and will be confiscated. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Local weather will be closely monitored in the run-up to the event. If conditions are thought to pose any threat to public safety then some aspects could be cancelled.

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