Explosive weekend in store for towns

NRHN 29-10-12 BE 7 Eclipse fireworks, Church Street, Heanor. Owner Julian Allen with a Caged tiger pro and Esco total wipeout rocket.

NRHN 29-10-12 BE 7 Eclipse fireworks, Church Street, Heanor. Owner Julian Allen with a Caged tiger pro and Esco total wipeout rocket.

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It’s time to have those 
sparklers at the ready as people in the Ripley and Heanor area gear up for a weekend of bonfire night celebrations.

Organisers of events around the towns will be lighting fires, stuffing Guys and dazzling spectators with array of rockets on Friday and Saturday.

In Heanor staff at the 
Mundy Arms on Ilkeston Road are shaping up for a packed spectacular of live music and pyrotechnic treats – having spent more than £1,500 on fireworks for the occasion.

Assistant manager Terri Hickinbotham, said: “I would expect it to be a really good night - it was very busy last year - and I expect it to be even more so this year!”

The Mundy Arms event is to feature live bands in the beer garden, a barbecue and karaoke alongside a bonfire there.

Amber Valley Rugby Club in Lower Somercotes is to host a family-friendly bonfire display on Friday, starting at 6pm.

The 19th annual Codnor Fireworks display is also set to make a return to the village on Friday.

Fairground attractions are set to begin running at 6pm, followed by a best Guy Fawkes competition at 7pm and the lighting of the bonfire at 7.30pm. Spyrotechnics will once again be providing the professional fireworks set to music display, which is due to start at 8pm.

Along with a bevy of food and hot drinks on offer, chairman of Codnor Parish Council Cllr George Parkes says it will be an unmissable event.

“It’s always bigger and better at Codnor,” he said. “Last year we had people from six or seven villages come, not just people from Codnor.

“I remember we set off a firework that exploded into the shape of a big heart, it was beautiful – the first time it had ever been seen!”

Fireworks stores in the area have been cashing in on the surge in sales for rockets and sparklers.

Julian Allen, who owns Eclipse Fireworks on church Street, Heanor, said:”All the repeat customers from the pubs clubs and caravan parks that we sell to have been in so I’m doing well on a commercial scale.

“I’ve been rushed off my feet.”

Julian’s prize rocket is the £150 Caged Tiger Pro - modelled above here. The fierce firecracker explodes in different coloured stages and ends with a gigantic bang.

“It’s got everything,” Julian said. “It’s a fireworks display in a box!”