City ready for biggest ever castle fireworks display

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The countdown has begun for a firework spectacular which will see a dazzling display being launched – for the first time ever – from the roof of historic Lancaster Castle.

On Saturday, November 3, the Duchy of Lancaster has given permission for this magnificent building to be the centrepiece of the pyrotechnics, moving the launch from its traditional spot on the nearby Vicarage Fields.

Not only will the castle act as the perfect backdrop for the drama of the display but the new location will also increase the height of the firework launch by up to 100 feet, and therefore increase the distance from which they can be seen.

As in previous years, the castle and priory precinct will be closed during the display which takes place at 8pm. Although the fireworks will be visible from almost anywhere in the city that can see the castle, there are three official viewing areas which do not require passes:

*Salt Ayre, where more than 2,500 people enjoyed the spectacular view across the River Lune last year. Visitors will also be able to enjoy free parking, hot food and drink and Taylor’s Funfair

*Millennium Bridge and the cycle path alongside the River Lune (opposite St George’s Quay)

*Williamson Park Representatives from local charity CancerCare will also be in attendance this year at all official viewing areas to raise money to support people affected by cancer. The celebrations will start on Friday, November 2, with ‘Light Up Lancaster’, brought to you by arts partners from across the district.

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