Why Bonfire Night will go with a bang

Chairman of the Elland Round Table Sean Pearce with Max Gravenor, nine, and his winning firework safety poster design at West Vale Primary School.
Chairman of the Elland Round Table Sean Pearce with Max Gravenor, nine, and his winning firework safety poster design at West Vale Primary School.
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Bonfire builders in Elland are putting the finishing touches to this year’s explosive display.

Spectacular fireworks and a roaring fire will greet visitors at Hullen Edge Park on Saturday as the town celebrates Bonfire Night.

The annual show has been held in Elland for over 40 years and is organised by Elland Round Table.

Sean Pearce, chairman of the Elland branch, said they were looking for volunteers to help build the bonfire on Friday.

“It’s taken a lot of planning to get the bonfire organised but we’re hoping to get it all built on Friday and Saturday,” he said.

“It’s improving every year and we’ve got catering and lighting as we want them.

“Hopefully the weather will be kind on the night. We’re always looking for more volunteers so anyone who wants to help should feel free to get in touch and come down and help,” he said.

The bonfire is built out of wooden pallets donated by local businesses.

Sean said the bonfire was the biggest event in the Round Table calendar and had taken a significant amount of organising.

“I’ve taken the week off work primarily because of the bonfire,” he said.

“Things are being delivered all week and there’s a lot to do.

“There are 15 of us in the Round Table and we’ve all taken on jobs to make sure it’s another successful night.”

Sean is expecting between 3,000-4,000 people and hopes to raise around £7,000 for local charities.

In the past they’ve given money to Pit Stop 2000 and the Cartwheel Club.

The gates open at 5.30pm, with a children’s bonfire at 6pm.

The first firework will be lit by nine-year-old Max Gravenor, who made the best firework safety poster in a competition at West Vale Primary.

The main bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm by a member of staff from Overgate Hospice, before the main events start at 7pm.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £1 per child.

Hebden Bridge and Brighouse are also hosting their annual displays on Saturday night.