‘Sparkling night’ on offer

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EREWASH Borough Council is promising another sparkling night of family fun at its annual bonfire and firework spectacular on Long Eaton’s West Park.

This year’s dazzling display will be set to music, while the evening will also feature all the usual funfair rides, stalls and food to ensure a fabulous night out for people of all ages.

The extravaganza on Friday November 4 always attracts thousands of people and remains one the biggest community bonfires in the area.

Gates open at 6pm and the event will begin with local schoolchildren taking part in a magical procession with illuminated puppets at 6.30pm followed by the official ‘lighting’ of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Cllr Kevin Miller, at 7pm.

The firework display begins at 7.30pm.

Residents can save money by buying advance tickets from West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.

Advance tickets cost £9.50 for a family ticket for two adults and up to three children – a £3 saving on the ‘on-the-night’ price.

Adults can also snap up advance tickets for £3.90 instead of £5 on the night and the over 60s and under 16s can buy tickets for £1.70 instead of £2.50. Admission is free for children aged five and under.

n For a list of other firework night events in the area see our special guide below.

SCOUTS DISPLAY: The 4th Ilkeston Scouts group is holding its third annual bonfire and firework display in the town on Friday. The fire will be lit behind the Rutland Cottage pub off Heanor Road at 7pm, followed by a firework display at 7.45pm. There will be a barbecue and free parking is at Ilkeston Hospital. Entry is £2, with under-fives free. All profits go to the scout group.

village display: Stanton-by-Dale’s Bonfire Night celebrations take place on the Rectory field on Saturday. The usual hot dogs, burgers, mushy peas, hot drinks and glow sticks will be available. The fire will be lit at 6.30pm with a fireowrk display at 7pm.

firefighters’ display: On Saturday Stapleford firefighters stage their annual bonfire and firework displays at George Spencer Academy in Arthur Mee Road. The gates open at 6pm and there will be two displays, complete with laser lights and music, at 7pm and 7.45 pm. Other attractions include fairground rides, live music, a bar, hot food and drinks, tombola and a raffle, with all money raised divided between The Firefighters’ Charity and The Friends of George Spencer Academy. Parking is available at the Japanese Water Gardens. Tickets are available in advance from the school, the Sherwin Arms pub, Bramcote Farm Shop, in Derby Road, and Stapleford fire station at £2 for adults and £1 for children.

tennis club bonfire: Smalley’s firework display is on Friday at the Lawn Tennis Club, Stainsby Common. Gates open at 5.30pm with the bonfire lit at 6.15pm. A fireworks display to music follows and the event promises food stalls, bars, fair ground rides, hook-a-duck and more. Advance tickets are available from Smalley Post Office and Horsley Flower Shop priced at £3.50 for adults and £2 for children under 16. Under fours go free. Tickets also available at the gate.

pub display: This year’s firework display and bonfire at the Cat and Fiddle pub in Kirk Hallam includes an outside bar. There will be hot food at the free event, which starts at 7pm on Saturday at the Ladywood Road pub.

sports club bonfire: The Enterprise Sports and Social Club in Station Road, Ilkeston is holding a firework display tonight (Thursday) from 8pm. There will be hot food available. Adults are charged £1 and children 50p.