Fireworks display was flaming great

Garstang and District Lions Bonfire
Garstang and District Lions Bonfire

Bonfire Night came early for Garstang residents, thanks to the town’s Lions group.

Despite rain and strong winds, the Garstang and District Lions bonfire and firework display went ahead on Saturday and attracted around 600 visitors.

Lions spokesman David Lewis stressed the town’s big night out was “a community event – not a commercial event”.

The bonfire was lit by the Mayor of Garstang, Coun Chris Ryan, and an half hour display of fireworks followed.

As for a penny for the guy, local boys Brendan and Declan McCann were delighted when the Mayor presented them with the £30 prize for the best-dressed guy.

The annual event is just one of the activities Garstang Lions get involved in.

The fireworks cost some £3,000 and volunteers helped set up the bonfire using pallets and other wood donated by local businesses, ran the event and then cleared up on the Sunday morning.

David said particular thanks were due this year to Horne and Baines, Walki, DCL Transport, Richard Dewhurst and Sons, Houghton’s Filling Station, C & C Supplies, Walter Parkinson and Chris Maine.

Admission was £3 per person with pre-schoolers free.

The weather did mean that fewer people than usual attended, but David said they were heartened by the enthusiasm of those who did come along. “It always amazes you when people turn out in inclement weather,” he said.

“Unfortunately the reduced numbers resulted in a financial loss for the Lions, but we hope for better weather next year to attract more 
people and avoid further losses.”

The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Royal Oak Hotel at 8pm.