Be safe, not sorry

GCC's fireworks display
GCC's fireworks display

WITH Guy Fawkes night just a couple of days away, a local police woman has urged southsiders to stay safe.

Inspector Eileen Taylor from the Pollokshields and Southside central ward told The Extra: “Illegal fireworks, particularly in Pollokshields have started going off , causing a number of problems for people in the community, both in terms of noise pollution and safety.

“We have linked with trading standards to try and target vendors who are illegally selling.

“Retailers are being visited to inspect their arrangements for storing fireworks safely and to remind them that they cannot sell to anyone under 18.

“To those who do buy fireworks is to only buy from legitimate sources and follow the fireworks code”.

To stay safe, there are a number of options for bonfire night displays which are carried out by professionals.

The biggest event in the southside is GHA rugby club’s annual Guy Fawkes night, now in its 28th year.

A bumper crowd is expected on Saturday, for the festival which starts at 7pm with a mini rugby display and a performance by the Jammers cheerleaders.

Meanwhile, more than 50,000 people are expected to pack Glasgow Green for a fireworks spectacular hosted by Clyde one’s Romeo and Knoxy from 6.30pm.

A thunderous 20 minutes will see more than 3000 explosions, setting the city ablaze with colour and lighting up some of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks, including the People’s Palace and Doulton Fountain.

Lord Provost of Glasgow, councillor Bob Winter said: “Our annual fireworks display is one of the most popular free events the city host.  With November 5 falling on a Saturday this year we look forward to delighting a record crowd. 

“Rockets race into the sky and aerial shells explode above our head as thousands of excited people enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the most-loved events on Glasgow’s cultural calendar.

“I hope the recent dry spell will continue and are asking people who plan to come along to wrap up warm and leave their own fireworks at home to ensure a great night is had by all.

“An organised professional fireworks display really is the safest and best way to enjoy the celebrations in Glasgow”.