By Robert Mooney
THOUSANDS OF people are expected to attend bonfires and firework displays across Leeds this weekend.
While it is two days early, one of the biggest displays is in Roundhay Park tonight, with around 70,000 people expected to attend.
The event starts at 7.30pm, with a firework display starting at 8pm.
It will have a funfair and food and drink stalls and promises to be fun for families from across Leeds and the surrounding areas.
The fireworks are being organised by Leeds City Council.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon said: “I am delighted to say that once again we will be providing six public bonfires across the city, which offer not only a fantastic firework display but also a wonderful and safe atmosphere.”
Elsewhere tonight, there are bonfires happening in Garforth, Woodhouse, Bramley Park and Middleton Park.
Tomorrow (Saturday), there will be a number of displays, including those at The Hunslet Club, Moortown Rugby Club and Thorner Victory Hall. These promise to be smaller but still spectacular displays.
On Sunday, the night itself, there will be displays, as usual, at The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton, The Chemic Tavern near Hyde Park and Stockeld Park in Wetherby.
White Rose Shopping Centre are sponsoring both the Springhead Park and Middleton Bonfire.
Niki Appleton, marketing manager of the shopping centre said: “The sponsorship of the bonfire nights at Springhead Park and Middleton Bonfire has become an annual event that the team at White Rose look forward to supporting each year.
“It provides a great opportunity for us to engage with our local audience and to give something back to the community.”
Nearby, in Bradford, there are also displays at Provident Stadium Odsal, including an extreme stunt show, taking place tomorrow at 7.30pm. This event costs £17.
Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police and Fire and Rescue Services will be working to keep us all safe.
To find out more, visit: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news-appeals/keep-it-safe-bonfire-season
If you are interested in any of these events, click here for Leeds or if you are looking for events in Bradford, visit The List for “Firework Displays near Bradford”.