North and South Lanarkshire Councils are joining forces to hold a spectacular free fireworks display at Strathclyde Park on bonfire night
On Thursday, November 5, a funfair run by M&Ds will be open from 5-9pm and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the evening courtesy of radio station Clyde 1.
The bonfire is lit at 7.15pm and the skies will be illuminated with the fireworks display at 8.00pm.
Councillor Michael McPake, vice convener of the Environmental Services Committee at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “For the best Guy Fawkes family fun, come along to our free fireworks event being held at Strathclyde Park.
“The event is organised professionally so, as well as being spectacular, it is also the safest way to be able to enjoy fireworks.
“The council’s advice to our residents is to come along to one of our events for a fun and safe night.”
Anyone who is planning to buy fireworks to use at home is strongly urged to put safety first, and only buy fireworks that meet European product safety standards.
The council’s Trading Standards Service advises that fireworks should be clearly marked with information including the name of the manufacturer or importer, the name, type and category of firework, and instructions for use.
Residents should also follow the Fireworks Code which can be found at www.saferfireworks.com/firework_code.
Councillor McPake said: “Fireworks can cause severe injury if they’re not handled properly so I would encourage residents to stay safe and go to an organised display,”
Fireworks should only be purchased from reputable retailers and not from street traders or market stalls.
Trading Standards Officers intend carrying out test purchasing exercises to check that fireworks are not sold to anyone under 18 and that traders are licensed and following sales guidelines.
North Lanarkshire Council will introduce temporary waiting and parking restrictions on the streets near the Hamilton Road entrance to Strathclyde Park from noon-midnight on the day of the November 5 display.
The streets affected are:
Hamilton Road from the boundary with South Lanarkshire at Clyde Bridge, north-eastwards to the junction with Tinkers Lane.
Airbles Road from the junction with Hamilton Road eastwards to the junction with Tinkers Lane.
Tinkers Lane along its entire length.
Greenacres from the junction with Airbles Road southwards for a distance of 50 metres.
Braedale Avenue along its entire length including the kerbline abutting the central reservation.
Haughview Road along its entire length including the kerbline abutting the central reservation.
All the above streets will be affected on both sides as will the east kerbline of Strathclyde Road along its entire length.