Salford Council has announced the cancellation of the Bonfire and Firework events in Buile Hill Park on Friday 5 November and Prince’s Park, Irlam on Saturday 6 November.
“This decision,” says the council, “has been made after consideration by the advice of health care professionals, emergency services, event professionals and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Factors included the possibility of an unexpected level of participation after other events in the area were canceled, the capacity of services supporting the event and the local area, including access to emergency medical care, which is currently under great pressure.
That combined with high COVID rates throughout the city and Greater Manchester, all of the city’s partners agreed that cancellation was the right decision.
Salford City Council CEO Tom Stannard said: “Although we regret having to make this late decision, the safety of our residents at events like this is paramount in our thinking and of utmost importance. We have hosted successful bonfire events in the city for our residents for over 20 years and hope to continue to do so in the future. But for this year, we need to follow advice to keep people safe. Make sure you are safe if you are celebrating at home. “
Salford Division Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan at Greater Manchester Police said: “After much deliberation with all the organizations involved, it is unfortunate to cancel these events, but it is the right decision to make. With the extra pressure of increased attendance, it would simply be impossible to make these events safe for all participants. “