Grantham’s firework and bonfire bonanza IS on despite strikes

Firework display is on
Firework display is on

Organisers of Grantham’s largest firework display are reassuring families that the event IS still on tomorrow night (Saturday).

Grantham Fire Station has received numerous calls from people asking whether the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strikes will affect the popular annual event, off Belton Lane in Great Gonerby.

The answer is ‘no,’ says Lincolnshrie Fire Aid, the group of organisers who put the display on.

Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the the fireworks will begin at 7.30pm. Entry is £4 per person with children up to the age of seven gaining free entry.

The night is supported by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, which is affected by the strikes.

From 6pm today (Friday) the FBU is commencing further strikes in the ongoing dispute over pensions and plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters to 60.

The strikes will last until 6pm on November 4. Chief Fire Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Dave Ramscar, said: “We have plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county.

“We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.”