Salford fireworks show CANCELED after Manchester’s Bonfire Night decision

Two more Greater Manchester fireworks have been canceled as the pandemic continues to kill off the Bonfire Night celebrations.

Salford City Council and Greater Manchester Police have canceled both bonfire and fireworks events that were to take place in Buile Hill Park on Friday (November 5) and Prince’s Park, Irlam, on Saturday.

It’s almost two weeks ago that the Manchester City Council confirmed that it would cancel its fireworks due to Covid – including in Heaton Park and Platt Fields Park.

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And that decision is partly why Salford executives have made their decision to scrap the weekend’s events – with concerns that the city’s exhibitions could have become too crowded as a result of neighboring events being canceled.

In a statement, both the council and the GMP said this would have caused ‘capacity problems’, including access to emergency medical care – which is currently under enormous pressure.

The current Covid rates seen across Greater Manchester were also a factor behind the decision.

Tom Stannard, CEO of Salford City Council, said: “While 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 been hosting successful bonfire events in the city for our residents for over 20 years and hope to continue to do so in the future.

“But this year we need to follow advice to keep people safe. Make sure you are safe if you are celebrating at home.”

The decision was made by the council and GMP following advice from public health officials, emergency services, event professionals and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan, from GMP’s Salford division, added: “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 added pressure of increased participation, it would simply be impossible to make these events safe for all participants.”

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