It’s Bonfire Night tomorrow and in Rothwell we’re gearing up for the community bonfire and fireworks display. I always remember Yorkshire’s connection with the original gunpowder plot – Guy Fawkes was born in nearby York .
I’m really excited to again be lighting the bonfire this year. The fire is lit at 7pm and the firework display kick’s off at 7.30pm. The event as always is being organised by Leeds City Council with the support of the Rothwell District Lions Club.
Rothwell District Lions Club do a marvellous job on behalf of the community. The Lions Club Motto is ‘We Serve’. In the case of Rothwell District Lions, this is to serve and support our local community, at events such as the Rothwell Carnival, the annual May day Duck Race (which is my daughter’s particular favourite) and the Rothwell Park Bonfire. Every December the Lions escort Father Christmas on his sleigh visiting homes in the area. I remember my little one’s face after hearing actual sleigh bells!
As chair of the council’s Outer South area committee I’m pleased we’ve helped boost extra police support around Bonfire Night, with extra money for police foot patrols as part of the Operation Flame Bonfire. It runs from October 30 to November 5 to deter anti social behaviour common at this time of year.
Although bonfire night and fireworks are great please remember to think of your pets and make sure you keep them safe inside your house. The RSPCA has some good advice here.
In Rothwell, bonfire night is one of the highlights of our calendar and we’re expecting a huge turnout in excess of 10,000 in Springhead Park for 2013. I hope to see you all there for what’s sure to be a spectacular display to light up the skies of Rothwell once again. It’s great that we’re having our bonfire and firework display on bonfire night 5th November this year!