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Glossop bonfire and fireworks display to boost local charities

Organisers of Glossop's Bonfire and Fireworks Display are hoping to raise more than £20,000 this year for local charities and good causes.

It takes place at Manor Park on Saturday (6 November), with the gates opening at 4pm.

It’s more than just a firework display and bonfire, with fairground rides, food stalls, a bar and local acts performing on stage.

The bonfire is organised by Glossop and District Round Table.

Chairman Karl Smith said: “It costs us between £10,000 and £12,000 to arrange this event. 

“From ticket proceeds we are hoping to raise between £20,000 and £30,000.

“By the time the accounts are all done we are hoping to have around £20,000 for local charities. 

“Glossopdale Scouts and Guides, Tintwistle Football Club and Glossop Mountain Rescue Team are among the good causes that will benefit this year.”

Tickets are available at Roy Greens and Bay Tree Books High Street West, Martin’s Manor Stores and D&Ds Newsagents in Hadfield and online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/glossop-roundtable 

People are urged to get their tickets in advance to reduce the queues at the gates.

Karl added: “People who try to get in for free are only cheating themselves as all the money raised goes straight back into the local community. 

“There will be security patrolling the park perimeters and to make sure nothing gets out of hand. 

“We’ve spent £7,000 on fireworks so it will be a brilliant night.

“We will have a contractor on site with 10,000 litres of water to make sure the bonfire is out properly and on Sunday, November 7 we will be out in the park clearing up any debris. 

“I daresay some people will object to the event and I appreciate their concerns. 

“But it is only once a year and in the 40-plus years Glossop bonfire has been held we’ve raised around £300,000. That’s funded a new ambulance for Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, the refurbishment of Bradbury House, local music festivals and this year we’re hoping to fund some new defibrillators.

“We only burn wooden pallets that are at the end of their life and over the years we have reduced the size of the fire. 

“We will burn 300 pallets. We don’t burn any treated wood. Every bit of wood we burn would end up in landfill otherwise. 

“As for carbon emissions, we take this seriously. The emission from the bonfire will be the equivalent of a 1,000 mile drive in an average sized SUV.”

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