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Bonfire Night cancelled in scores of UK towns – find out if yours is on list

Scores of towns and cities across the UK have been forced to cancel their Bonfire Night events this year due to financial constraints created by the cost-of-living crisis.

Moreover, some local authorities can't even say whether they will return next year as they look to assess their budgets.

Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Hackney in London are just some of the areas where fireworks displays have been axed.

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The event in Manchester usually welcomes over 100,000 people, but Manchester City Council says "escalating costs" as well as "increasing safety and organisational measures" mean it isn't workable.

"The council will assess the impact of this year's events not going ahead as part of a review into the approach to future bonfire events," the council said.

"The council is reprioritising its neighbourhoods funding to focus on a program of community events and activities throughout the winter focussing on fun, free activities for families and young people."

Cardiff's event has run for more than 40 years, but has now been cancelled "for the foreseeable future".

The annual Sparks in the Park event, which is solely run by volunteers with profits donated to charities, said: "Unfortunately, over the past few years we have faced escalating costs and organisational burdens, the same as so many of us have been feeling.

"It is no longer feasible for us to put on an event of this scale."

Hackney Council announced a need to "weigh up their priorities" when cancelling its event at Clissold Park.

Arnos Grove, Blackheath and Southwark councils in London have also been forced to put the fireworks away this year.

Luckily, Wimbledon Park, Alexandra Palace, Morden Park, Chiswick Park, Battersea Park, Beckenham and Barnes Sports Club are all still due to host their bonfire nights in London.

Glaswegians will have now gone three years without a fireworks display given the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to Covid.

And giving a sense of scale of the impact of rising costs, Leeds City Council said its bonfires would cost well over £200,000 to put on this year.

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The popular free event in Seaford, East Sussex – which usually attracts around 10,000 punters – has been forced to start crowdfunding to keep their Rockets and Roman Candles going for another year.

The massive show in Lewes, which attracts some 30,000, is also still going ahead in East Sussex.

Dundee, the Tockwith Show in Yorkshire and the Leverhulme Park event Bolton are among the other casualties.


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