Remember, remember the 5th of November

Bonfire
Bonfire

One of the highlights of the Inverness Winter Festival takes place on Tuesday (5th November) when thousands of spectators are expected to assemble in Bught Park for the Highland Council’s annual Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display.

The event will start at 5.30pm with the opening of the catering village and the funfair in Bught Park. The entertainment around the giant bonfire will start at 7pm with the arrival of an assortment of mascots to entertain the toddlers.

There will also be performances by the Fly Agaric Fire Display Team and the City of Inverness Pipe Band. The bonfire will be lit by Provost Helen Carmichael at 7.30pm. The bonfire is constructed by the Highland Council’s Community Services Team and is one of the largest erected in Scotland each year, thanks to the support of the local business community who donate thousands of pallets each year.

This 20 minute musical fireworks display will be staged by the award winning Fireworx Scotland team and will commence at approximately 7.55pm, after a short delay to allow spectators to move from the Shinty Field to the main Bught Stadium Field. It's important that children get the best possible view of the show and final safety checks are undertaken.

Pedestrians are asked to note that Infirmary Bridge will be closed on the night in order to prevent bottlenecks developing before and after the event; and to maintain access to the Royal Northern Infirmary Hospital at all times.

Drivers are reminded that parking restrictions will be in place around the Bught area on Tuesday night with priority access continuing to be given to the Emergency Services, Disabled Drivers and local Residents throughout the night. The Disabled Parking area for Blue Badge Holders will be located at the city centre end of the grandstand at Bught Park and drivers are asked to enter by the entrance close to the junction of Torvean Avenue and Dunachton Road. All other drivers are asked to use the 2800 plus Car Parking Spaces available in the City Centre and to park considerately if choosing to leave their vehicle elsewhere.

The importance of spectators parking away from the site was demonstrated last year when over 15,000 spectators visited Bught Park and families are asked to once again help the Council by setting off early and walking to the show.

Councillor Ian Brown of the organising Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group said: "We are so grateful to everybody who helped us by leaving their cars in the city centre car parks and walking to the show last year. As well as delivering a spectacular fireworks display for everybody to enjoy; we have to ensure that we look after everybody in the area on the night.

"With the Ice Rink, Leisure Centre and Rugby Club open as usual; we are repeating our appeal for everybody coming to our show to help us by parking away from the site. It really is appreciated and we look forward to sharing a memorable and enjoyable evening with everybody."

ENDS

For further information : Please contact Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) on 01463 785006

Notes for Editors

This event is part of the Inverness Winter Festival which is organised by the Highland Council and sponsored by the Inverness Common Good Food. Admission is free.

1 Nov 2019
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