Eyes to the skies

Jason Goulding from Standish Lower Ground at Allsorts Fireworks, Newtown
Jason Goulding from Standish Lower Ground at Allsorts Fireworks, Newtown

THE skies are set to light up with all sorts of weird and wonderful patterns during the town’s Bonfire Night celebrations.

Right across the borough, scores of events are being planned while many will enjoy their own displays from the comforts of their homes.

At Allsorts, sales are slowly increasing as the big day looms.

The store is full of its usual fireworks with even more selections available than ever as supplier Bright Star celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Sales assistant Caroline Brayshaw said: “It has been a bit quieter than usual, but we are picking up day by day.

“Last year wasn’t as busy as the year before so it’s becoming a bit of a trend with the economy.

“We’re still doing well, though, and we’ve had a lot of people coming in buying for big events.”

So what is Wigan’s most popular firework?

“There are a few,” added Caroline. “We have some great novelty ones which are selling well.

“The frog is extremely popular. Sparks fly out of its head while its eyes and mouth lights up.

“Then there are other more fun ones like the mushrooms and pop bottles.

“The big rockets are what people want and there are loads to choose from, the Show Stopper is one of our best sellers.

“We do everything from single shots to display rockets. The cheapest we sell is about £1.

“We have a 12-month license. We’re usually mad busy on Bonfire Day, I think we shut up at past 8pm last year!”

With demand for bigger and better displays, the shop has to keep up with the latest fireworks.

One of these is one called “Hell’s messenger” which fires out a whopping 4,000 shots.

Cardinal Heenan House are holding their annual display this Saturday.

Carole Hurst from the nursing home was in store to collect their fireworks.

She said: “We’ve just bought a great display and we’re looking forward to it.

“We had 500 people turn up last year and we’re expecting something similar this time. We always put on a great night with food, drink, a bonfire and fireworks.”

Where to go

Haigh Bonfire and Firework Display, Sunday, November 4. Advance tickets: adults £7, children £5, family (2 adults, 2 children) £20. On the night adults £8, children £6. Gates open at 4pm.

Wigan RU Bonfire, Monday, November 5, Douglas Valley ground. Bonfire lit at 6.45pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. £20 per car, £5 per adult, £4 per child (under 16) and £15 per family (2 adults, 2 children)

Gathurst Station Inn, Gathurst, Saturday November 3, 8pm.