Your North Herts, Stevenage and Beds Bonfire Night guide

COMET country is blazing to go for a sizzling weekend of fireworks and bonfire evenings.

Sparks will be flying on Saturday, the official Bonfire Night, with several local displays to choose from.

The annual Stevenage Firework Display takes place from 7.30pm over the Millennium Lake at Fairlands Valley Park. The free display will also feature food and other attractions.

The popular Blueharts Bonfire Party in Hitchin also kicks off on the Saturday, with gates opening at 6.45pm at the hockey club on Lucas Lane. Fireworks start at 8pm, with the bonfire lit at 7.15pm. Tickets start from �4.

Another famous Hitchin display is the Strathmore Family Bonfire and Firework Night. As well as the usual attractions, there will be a bar, disco and hot food. Tickets can be bought on the door at the school, where the display will be held, from �3 each.

The Shefford firework and bonfire event will take place on Saturday, at the White Hart Shefford. Gates open at 7pm, bonfire and firework display at 8pm.

Arlesey Scouts are holding their display this year, also on the Saturday, at the White Horse Pub. The event is free and as well as fireworks, includes a Scout barbecue pit, mulled wine, a Victorian sweet show and rides.

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Weston Cricket Club is holding a display on the official night, with doors opening at 5.30pm and the fire lit at 6pm. Food will be served and tickets cost �3 each.

The Meppershall Bonfire will take place behind the village hall, followed by a firework display which will commence at 7pm. Immediately afterwards there will be a disco in the village hall. Tickets are on sale from the post office and Roger’s Bakery.

The heat won’t be off on the Sunday either. Letchworth GC and Baldock Lions are holding a charity display, with proceeds going to Garden House Hospice and Keech Hospice, at the Herts FA County Ground on Baldock Road, Letchworth. Doors open from 5.30pm for a 7pm start and food is available on the night.

Henlow Parish Council is also holding a display on the Sunday on the Millennium Meadow. Fully Fused are providing the fireworks.

If you are going to an event, be sure to be safe. Every year ambulance crews deals with a number of patients who have firework and bonfire-related injuries, and the East of England Ambulance Service believe this year will be no exception.

Gary Sanderson, the trust’s spokesman, said: “Potentially our crews may be required to attend incidents during the lead up to the event and on the night. Fireworks used properly are safe and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.

“We recommend that people go along to a professionally-organised public display. But, if you are planning to host your own event, we urge you exercise caution and make safety a priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.”

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