Firework display numbers increase

The Fireworks Spectacular lighting up the Lancaster sky taken from an official viewing point at Giant Axe on Saturday evening.
The Fireworks Spectacular lighting up the Lancaster sky taken from an official viewing point at Giant Axe on Saturday evening.

AN estimated 16,000 people attended Lancaster’s fireworks display – up 60 per cent up on last year according to council bosses.

Last year’s event generated an estimated £413,000 for the local economy and Lancaster City Council said it anticipated that figure would be beaten.

Lancaster Visitor Information Centre reported its busiest day since moving to The Storey Creative Industries Centre, with enquiries up 57 per cent on last year.

More than 180 people took part in Pendle Witches guided walks ahead of the spectacle, and lantern-making workshops at Lancaster City Museum were fully booked, with children later taking part in a lantern procession.

Paul Cusimano, chairman of the Lancaster City Retail Group, said: “Feedback from city centre retailers on the day’s events has been very positive.

“The town was very busy and there was a great atmosphere. Many businesses did very well, especially the food outlets as visitors and locals arrived early to join in the celebrations.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (10-11-11) for full story.