Halloween goes with a bang and a bonfire

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Thousands of people turned out for spectacular bonfires and fireworks displays in Chorley.

The dry weather helped events at Astley Park on Friday and Duxbury Park on Saturday to draw in the crowds.

Astley Park Chorley Bonfire and fireworks display with a Halloween Theme.'Pictured is Katey Cummings with Elysia ad Francesca.'31st October 2014

Astley Park Chorley Bonfire and fireworks display with a Halloween Theme.'Pictured is Katey Cummings with Elysia ad Francesca.'31st October 2014

Witches, ghouls, creepy clowns and skeletons attended the bonfire event at Astley Park, which was reprised last year to raise money for Chorley Carnival.

This year, it was back with a bang and with Halloween falling on Friday, organisers decided to merge the two themes.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “It was a really good family night. Thousands of people came and they really made an effort to get dressed up.

“Usually there’s no good reason to dress up for Bonfire Night, but we thought that it would add a bit of flavour and we ran a competition for the best ones.”

He added: “The weather was good for us and there were a lot of oohs and ahhs over the fireworks, but we had a bit of a glitch in the middle where they were stopped temporarily after a couple of people veered into a danger zone.”

Red Bank Scouts spent several months organising their bonfire and fireworks display at Duxbury Park.

Several thousand people attended and for the first time in the event’s history, organisers had to close the gates as the park was at capacity.

The bonfire included Guy Fawkes, along with three of his cronies, which were put together by Red Bank Cubs.

The fireworks display was accompanied with background music and spectators waved flashing lit novelty items to add to the display.

There was so much demand at the food tent that it sold out of parched peas, hot dogs, bonfire toffee and parkin.

Volunteers, including parents, Scout leaders, friends and relatives, organised the event to raise money for equipment and activities for the Scout group.

Organisers from both events are now counting the money raised.

There is still time to see the skies light up, as Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service will hold its own bonfire with fireworks tomorrow at its training centre on Westway, Euxton. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for a family of five.

And on Saturday, there will be a bonfire and fireworks display at Mawdesley’s Millennium Green. The gates open at 5.30pm, with the fire lit at 6pm and fireworks at 7pm. Admission costs £6 for adults, £4 for children and is free for under fives.