The city’s festive season kicks off with a bang on Saturday [Nov 12] as Bradford BID stages its spectacular city centre firework display.
The event drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people last year to what was dubbed Bradford’s biggest firework display in living memory.
Bradford Business Improvement District (BID) – the limited company funded by more than 600 levy-paying businesses and organisations to help promote and develop the city centre – is organising the massive show at 7pm on November 12 to follow the switching on of Bradford’s Christmas Lights, 30 minutes earlier, and coincide with the start of the festive shopping and leisure season.
The professionally-organised and delivered display will be accompanied by music and should be visible across the city from within the Ring Road, with some rockets reaching up to 850ft high.
This year’s event will again be limited to 12 minutes and it will be a completely different display from that staged last year.
Chris Verheyden, artistic director of Frontier Fireworks who are staging the display, said: “After the glittering success of last year’s fireworks display, our team are back to perform a completely different and spectacular show from a new location.
“Expect to be wowed once again as Frontier Fireworks put the stars back over Bradford with sequences of mixed dahlia starflowers, silver and white strobes to represent Christmas over the city, crossette stars that dart and cross each other and so much more.
“Firing up to 850ft high we are going to race through exciting sequences including special rings and shapes and our massively popular Double Dragon Eggs shells that have taken the country by storm since we designed and imported them into the UK.
“Just wait until you see the finale that we will blast into the night sky for you all to enjoy. Thousands of stars are about to erupt over Bradford City so come out and see this amazing spectacle!”
Frontier Fireworks are also making sure the event is carbon neutral: “This year, and into the future, we are operating a carbon off-setting programme for our company. We are now carbon off-setting all our displays for the entire year by signing up with one of the UK’s leading environmental carbon off-setting companies,” Mr Verheyden said.
There will be fewer road closures this year because the demolition of last year’s launch platform – the NCP car park in Hall Ings – is due to be underway and the display will be activated from a different site.
But Bradford BID says the best place to view it will again be from the Mirror Pool in City Park.
The following roads will be closed from 6.30pm until 7.30pm (but they will be lifted earlier if the event safety officer allows): Bridge Street, immediately after the taxi and pick-up entrance up to Croft Street, to maintain access to the Interchange Rank; and Vicar Lane, from Ebenezer Street junction up to Croft Street, allowing full access and egress to and from The Leisure Exchange Car Park.
In addition, there will be stewards marshalling the crossings at the end of Tyrell Street, Market Street and Broadway to assist people using the pedestrian crossing lights into City Park.
BID manager Jonny Noble said: “We announced the event back in September so that everyone would know it is happening and anyone who is particularly sensitive to such events, or worries about their pets, had lots of time to plan ahead and make sure they take precautions.
“We’re in contact with the local branch of the RSPCA and they have information available on their website with guidance on how to ensure your animals are safe from any loud noises which, of course, also applies to any local neighbourhood bonfires at this time of year.
“We can’t realistically create a noiseless display – the whizz-bang of fireworks is all part of the fun and the tradition of a display of this type. The show lasts 12 minutes and brings enormous joy to many people, early on a dark Saturday evening so that thousands of children can enjoy it too.”
BID chairman Ian Ward added: “Our first fireworks event last year was absolutely stunning and the fact that between 10,000 and 12,000 people came out to watch the display was simply brilliant!”
“The pleasure on people’s faces at last year’s display – and the amazing positive feedback we received afterwards – showed just how much the vast majority of local people want it to happen on an annual basis.”
He said the event was also good for local businesses, bringing in huge footfall to the city centre and helping to provide much-needed income.
“We hope people will make a night of it, watching the Christmas Lights switch-on at The Broadway, then heading over to the Mirror Pool to get the best view of the fireworks before enjoying a meal and a drink in one of the many and varied restaurants and bars nearby,” said Mr Ward. “And why not bring a friend and show them just what a great night out can be had in Bradford city centre?”