Witches and skeletons show up for Chorley’s creepy fireworks

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Witches and ghouls, creepy clowns and skeletons turned out in force for a bonfire and fireworks spectacular at Astley Park in Chorley.

The bonfire night event was reprised three years ago to raise money for the Chorley Carnival Committee.

Astley Park Chorley Bonfire and fireworks display with a Halloween Theme.'Pictured is Katey Cummings with Elysia ad Francesca.'31st October 2014

Astley Park Chorley Bonfire and fireworks display with a Halloween Theme.'Pictured is Katey Cummings with Elysia ad Francesca.'31st October 2014

This year it was back with a bang, and with Hallowe’en falling on a Friday night, organisers decided to merge the two themes.

Paul Wilkins, Carnival Committee chairman said: “It was a really good family night. Thousands of people came and they really made an effort to get dressed up.

“Usually there’s no good reason to dress up for bonfire night, but we thought that it would add a bit of flavour, and we ran a competition for the best ones.”

He added: “There was something for all the family. We had kids rides, food of all kinds, a licenced bar for the first time, a trick or treat door for the kids, and Tesco even provided free soup.

“The weather was good for us and there were a lot of oohs and ahhs over the fireworks, but we had a bit of a glitch in the middle where they were stopped temporarily after a couple of people veered into a danger zone.”

Chorley Lions are in the process of counting the donations towards next year’s carnival.

On Wednesday, Preston Grasshoppers will host one of the biggest displays in Preston at the rugby club on Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood.

Gates open at 6pm and last entry is at 8pm. The event is due to finish around 9.30pm. Tickets cost £5 for a single or £15 for a family.

Also on Wednesday, a free annual display takes place at Pear Tree Park, Middleforth Green, Penwortham. Entry from 7pm.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting its own bonfire night with fireworks on Wednesday at its training centre in Westway, Euxton.

Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are £3 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for a family of five. A charge of £10 applies if parking on the centre.

Leyland Round Table’s Annual Bonfire and Firework Display in Worden Park runs from 6pm on Wednesday, with the display at 7.45pm.

Tickets £3 before event and £5 on the night, children under five enter for free.

On Saturday, November 8, a free bonfire and fireworks display will take place at the Victory Memorial Ground in School Lane, Longton.

The bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks take place around 7.30pm, organised by the Longton Community Church.