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Norwich to host biggest fireworks display yet

PUBLISHED: 14:41 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 October 2017

Fireworks in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Fireworks in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

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A major city firework display planned for this year’s November celebrations will be “bigger than ever”, organisers have said.

This is the fifth year Norwich City Council has organised a fireworks display to celebrate Guy Fawkes night, with this year’s display taking place at 7.30pm Friday, November 3.

Since its conception, the free display has grown in both scale and popularity.

Last year, 10,000 spectators gathered outside City Hall to watch the show, with tens of thousands more watching from various vantage points across the city.

For the full audio visual experience, outside the front of City Hall will once again offer the prime location.

The display has been designed to bang and sparkle in time with the beat of the music that will be playing from the venue, enhancing the viewing experience.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council said: “This year’s Big Boom promises to be bigger than ever and I look forward to seeing the city’s streets packed with people for this fantastic free event.

“Our events programme continues to go from strength to strength and is a great benefit to local residents, businesses and the city as a whole”.

The fireworks will be fired from beside Norwich Castle and will be viewable from all over the city.

Seating for disabled viewers will be provided at the motorbike park on St Peters Street, while Thickthorn and airport park and ride schemes will remain open until 9pm.

On the evening, there will be a number of road closures in place around the city centre between 5pm and 8.30pm, full details of which can be found at www.norwich.gov.uk/bigboom.

Every year, members of the public are injured on Guy Fawkews night, and Stuart Horth, community safety manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, advises steering clear of backgarden displays.

He said: “We would always advise people to attend an organised public fireworks event as not only are they a great place to enjoy a good night out, but it means you don’t have to take responsibility of the safety aspect.”

If you are buying your own fireworks, it is advised that you source them from a reputable stockist. For more information on bonfire night safety, visit www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk.

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