Friday, November 20, 2009

Non-fire night at Ilfracombe

The Daily Mail reported the other day that bonfire night in Ilfracombe was going to involve people crowding "around a screen showing film footage of fire after organisers gave up wrestling with health and safety rules to hold the real thing." It went on: "The event - dubbed 'non-fire night' - will leave families holding sparklers and staring up at a 16ft by 12ft screen showing images of a roaring blaze. Organisers at Ilfracombe Rugby Club say they were put off having the real thing by the 'mountain' of paperwork and regulations set by council bosses.
Officials at the authority said that to have a bonfire they would require five qualified fire marshals and metal barricades to keep onlookers at a safe distance."

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