Harlow’s annual fireworks night cancelled due to Covid-19

Communities / Fri 2nd Oct 2020 at 10:13am

HARLOW Council is sad to announce that there will be no Harlow fireworks night event in the town park this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time the event has not taken place since it formation some 40 plus years ago. The event is attended by thousands of people every year and is one of the biggest free displays in the region.

Current government public health restrictions on large gatherings mean the event cannot take place this year. Similar events have been cancelled across the country, including the New Year fireworks in London.

The event is funded from the council’s discretionary services fund which pays for some services the council does not have to provide by law. Money for this year’s event will stay in the fund and be used for future events.

Councillor Chris Vince, portfolio holder for community wellbeing, said: “We are sad that this year it is just not going to be possible to hold our annual firework night event in our town park. We always pride ourselves on holding safe public displays for thousands of people to enjoy. Harlow fireworks night will return. But with this virus still out there, we can’t hold a safe event this year given the current public health restrictions on large events. Our priority continues to be protecting residents from the spread of this virus.

“I know this news will be disappointing for local families and that as a result they may think about other ways of marking this occasion. We would advise people and organisations not to hold their own events instead as fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious injury.  This would be terrible for you and also cause additional pressure on front line workers at the hospital, the ambulance service, the fire service and the police during an already demanding time.”

For those wishing to have fireworks at home, the following fireworks code advice is from the Essex Fire & Rescue Service website www.essex-fire.gov.uk

• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.

• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

• Keep fireworks in a closed non-flammable box.

• Follow the instructions on each firework.

• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.

• Stand well back.

• Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

• Never give sparklers to a child under five.

• Keep pets indoors.

• Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm.

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