New hope for Flintshire bonfire display under threat

Reporter:

Matt Jones

AN ALTERNATIVE site has been put forward for a threatened bonfire and firework display.

Deeside’s popular bonfire, which attracts thousands of visitors and raises money for charity, cannot be held at Deeside Leisure Centre due to work to replace the site’s five-a-side pitches.

Now Wepre Park is being considered as a possible site for the display which has been an annual fixture for the past 42 years.

Connah’s Quay councillor Bernie Attridge said he was concerned at the lack of notice given for the cancellation.

He said: “This is not just about Deeside, but Flintshire too as many families attend this safe, controlled bonfire and firework display from across the county.

“Many people that choose to attend Deeside bonfire have done so for many a year. My fear is that if this was to be cancelled people may have their own bonfires which could result in someone getting seriously hurt.

“I feel the cancellation of the bonfire would be like cancelling Buckley Jubilee.”

Council chiefs said they regretted the decision and hoped the fire service would be able to find an alternative venue.

But Cllr Aaron Shotton believes the event could still take place at the leisure centre in Queensferry.

He said: “I have visited the site and whilst I welcome the work underway finally to replace the five-a-side pitches I can see no reason why the bonfire event cannot take place.

“Never in my experience of attending the bonfire event at the centre have spectators been allowed to stand in the area of the pitches.”

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