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The annual event in Bitts Park on the Saturday nearest November 5 attracts an estimated 35,000 people making it the city’s largest spectator event by some distance.
But with the city council laying off staff and grappling with a £1.1m cut in grant from central government, there had been fears that it might be sacrificed.
Mr Mitchelson has moved to quell such speculation, just as the council’s ruling executive was due to meet today to thrash out budget cuts for 2011-12.
He said: “I want to assure people that the fireshow will continue in its current form in Bitts Park. It is the major event that the city council puts on and has been acclaimed nationally.
“Some people have questioned why we’re staging it when times are hard.
“But it’s an event for our community and attracts visitors to Carlisle in large numbers. We’re also providing a safe environment for people to enjoy fireworks and a bonfire.”
It costs the council around £50,000 to stage the fireshow, although £14,000 is recovered in sponsorship, concessions and donations.
Roughly half the money goes on the bonfire and fireworks. The rest covers road closures, stewarding – more than 70 staff are involved – health and safety, a PA system, first aid, medical cover, licenses, plant hire, lighting, fencing, publicity, signage and toilets.
The council says the net cost is less than 45p for every resident of the city.
It also points to opinion surveys carried out on its behalf that show the fireshow is rated highly by the public.
Collections at the fireshow raise around £7,000 for the Mayor of Carlisle’s charity fund.
This year’s event will be on Saturday November 5th.
|From Epic Fireworks – Star Bursts – Part 1|
Fireworks erupted over the Seattle skyline on Saturday night celebrating the centennial of General Construction Company. The show was a surprise for some but attracted a crowd along Alki Beach in West Seattle. The private firework show was launched from Pier 66 along Seattle’s waterfront.
The fireworks started about 8:30 p.m., coincidentally the same time that lights went out at Seattle landmarks for Earth Hour. The Space Needle was among landmarks darkened during the call for action on climate change.
The two events created a unique skyline as seen from Alki Beach. During the show the scene became even more spectacular when a gray whale surfaced in front of Jack Block Park where people were watching the fireworks.
In the closing ceremony, fireworks lightened up the sky of Taipei, combining with water dance, laser lighting effect and floral fragrance to create a visual and acoustic feast.
The main lantern this year is “Tiger Hoki,” modeling the yearly Chinese animal sign, which means “fortunate Tiger” that would bring good fortune to this country.
In response to citizens’ wish to extend the installation of Tiger Hoki, Huang Lu Ching-ju, Commissioner of Department of Civil Affairs under Taipei City Government (TCG) said the main lantern would be relocated to the lawn area in front of Zih Ciang owing to high maintain costs.
The Lantern Festival, falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, was widely celebrated in Taiwan from north to south, with different styles, such as the release of sky lantern in Pingsi, Taipei County, beehive firecrackers in Yanshui in Tainan County and Bombing Handan in Taitung.