A helping hand means fireworks can return

Last year's fireworks display at Astley Park
Last year's fireworks display at Astley Park
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A popular bonfire and fireworks display, which had been under threat, looks set to return with a bang.

Chorley Carnival’s committee brought back the annual event at Astley Park in Chorley last year.

It was previously run for more than 30 years by Chorley Lions before being cancelled in 2009.

The carnival committee’s event last year was a success, with around 4,000 people watching the fireworks display.

But organisers feared they would not be able to repeat it, as funds were low after heavy rain hit the carnival in June.

It costs thousands of pounds to hold the bonfire, with lighting alone costing more than £1,000.

Now, Tesco Chorley has stepped in to sponsor the firework display and ensure the event can go ahead.

They will also take a kitchen demonstration unit to the event to provide free soup.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “There was a chance at one point that it wouldn’t go ahead.

“If it rains on the night, it puts us into debt.

“Having sponsorship does help.

“I look forward to seeing everybody in the park.

“It’s a good start to our fundraising for the carnival.”

The event will be held at Astley Park on Friday, October 31 and will have a Halloween theme.

There will be a fancy dress competition for children and a magical door for trick-or-treater, which may have a few surprises behind it.

There will also be a small fairground and stalls.

The event is being jointly organised with Chorley Lions, who will run the gates, and Chorley Council will build the bonfire.

It is one of a series of events being planned to raise money for the carnival, which will be held at the park from June 5 to 7 next year.

Among the other events planned are a drive-in cinema at Runshaw College on November 21 and 22.

Gates for the bonfire and fireworks display open at 5pm, with the fire being lit at 7pm and the fireworks at 8pm.

Entry costs £3 for adults and £2 for children, and is free for children in prams.

Tickets are available for a discounted price at www.chorleycarnival.org.