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Bonfire Night party

THERE are a several organised firewors displays in the southside of Glasgow — while other locals will host their own private celebration at home.

At the forefront is Glasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians rugby club's annual November 5 display.

While Braidholm is ordinarily home to one of the southside's top teams, tomorrow it hosts one of the southside's top bonfire nights.

From 6pm there will be cheerleaders, music, novelties and of course, jaw-dropping pyrotechnics.

Further afield, a spectacular (and free) Guy Fawkes festival happens at Glasgow Green.

Pre-show entertainment with radio DJs starts at 6.30pm, with the main audio-visual event set to begin just an hour later.

Mesnwhile, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue crews are gearing up for their busiest night of the year.

Scott Cunningham, Clarkston community fire station commander, recommends attending an organised display as the safest way to enjoy bonfire night.

He said: "The message is simple, fire causes injury, it damages property and pollution from smoke is harmful to people and the environment.

"Ensuring the safety of residents is our main concern. While a safely organised garden or street bonfire can be fun, people seem unaware it is an offence to light a fire in a public place that alarms, annoys or endangers people or property".

East Renfrewshire and Glasgow city councils have again been clamping down on unliscensed and rogue traders illegally selling fireworks in the run up to the big day.

Steve Fox, who leads f East Renfrewshire council's trading standards team, warned of the possible consequences of not having a fireworks storage licence and breaking the law on selling fireworks.

He spelled it out: "If traders don't have a licence to store fireworks and something happens because of this then their insurance cover may be invalidated.

"If they sell fireworks to someone aged under 18 and that person is hurt by these fireworks then in addition to breaking the law the trader may also be liable for any injury or damage caused".

Anyone found illegally selling fireworks faces up to six months behind bars and will also be hit with a financial penatly up to a maximum of 5,000.

ERC's hotline for reporting illegal bonfires is 0800 013 0076.And for a refresher before you light the blue touchpaper please visit www.strathclydefire.org.

 
 
 

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