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Farmers' union calls for Chinese lantern ban

Sky lanterns can pose a fire risk. Credit: PA

The union for farmers in Scotland is calling on local authorities to ban Chinese lanterns ahead of Bonfire Night on 5 November.

The lanterns (also known as sky lanterns) are made from paper held together with a wooden or wire frame, and the NFUS says they are a fire hazard, and can scare livestock.

They are also urging people setting off fireworks to take consideration of animals in the area.

The union says eight local authorities have already banned the use of Chinese lanterns, and that it will contact the remaining authorities, including Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council, to urge them to do so.

Your photos: Bonfire Night in the Border region

You've been sending in photos of bonfire and fireworks displays in the Border region.

Here are some of the best

Frank Evans took these photos in Kendal:

Kendal Credit: Frank Evans
Kendal Credit: Frank Evans
Kendal Credit: Frank Evans

Paul Grindley took these photos from Brampton:

Brampton. Credit: Paul Grindley
Brampton. Credit: Paul Grindley

Alan Holden took this photo in Wigton:

Wigton Credit: Alan Holden


Ambulance callouts up 5.7 percent on Bonfire Night

The was a rise in callouts for the NWAS. Credit: ITV Border

Callouts for the North West Ambulance Service rose by 5.7 percent on Bonfire Night, compared to the previous night.

The force was expecting an increase in 999 calls, but has said many of the incidents could have been avoided if people had taken more care.

They are asking people to behave responsibly if they are attending celebrations this weekend.

Once again we have seen a rise in calls on Bonfire Night. This rise meant some people had to wait longer than we would have liked for an ambulance response – We expect there will be additional celebrations this weekend so please help us by being safe if you are hosting or attending a Bonfire.

NWAS services attended a number of preventable incidents related to Bonfire Night. Inappropriate use of fireworks and injuries caused by sparks from fires were seen across the region. The Trust received calls for people who were hit in the face by fireworks, suffered burns and even getting fire sparks in their eyes.

This weekend we should continue to be mindful of how dangerous fireworks, bonfires and even sparklers can be.Sparklers can burn up to 1000 degrees centigrade and fireworks can reach speeds of 150mph, which will cause serious damage to anything they hit.

Throughout the celebrations always remember to keep a watchful eye on your children to keep them out of harm’s way and if you are handling or lighting fireworks yourself, always remember to follow the instructions and adhere to the Firework Code.

We recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display. However, if you are planning to host your own event this weekend please make safety a priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.

Let’s all try to do our bit to help save lives and protect our loved ones this weekend by following some simple tips from NWAS should an accident occur.”

– Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright

The service says if people have accidents with fireworks or fires they should:

  • Extinguish any flames if the casualty is alight
  • If alight, drop to the floor and roll to extinguish flames, keeping mouth and eyes closed
  • If you see someone else on fire, tell them to ‘Stop, drop and roll’
  • Use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt area and reduce the pain
  • Do not remove any burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin
  • Do not use any creams or oils on burn injuries
  • Seek urgent medical help by calling 999 for life threatening or serious injuries, for minor injuries contact NHS 111

Fireshow 2015: Spellbound Sensations

A photo from the 2014 Carlisle Fireshow Credit: ITV Border

The theme for this year’s Carlisle Fireshow is 'Spellbound Sensations'.

The performance will explore the themes of dragons, wizards and magic – all linking in with the date of this year’s event, Saturday 31 October.

Here's what you can expect to find there:

  • Pre-entertainment will start at 6.30pm including a Fireshow performance at 6.45pm.
  • The Bitts Park bonfire lit at 7pm.
  • A fairground will be open from 5.30pm on Devonshire Walk car park.
  • The firework display will follow the bonfire at around 7.20pm and will include 2,000 spectacular sparkles. The 30-foot high bonfire will be centre stage and include a huge animated dragon.
A photo from the 2014 Carlisle Fireshow Credit: ITV Border

Admission to the event is free but a charity collection will be held with all donations going towards the Rotary Club of Carlisle South, which donates most of its fundraising efforts to local good causes. Proceeds will also be donated to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event.

Cllr Anne Quilter, portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Young People, said:

This year’s event will be packed full of Spellbound Sensations! As it will coincide with Halloween, there will be ?magical entertainment.

As ever there will be a strong community feel to the event and we will be asking local schools to play their part in the event.

– Cllr Anne Quilter

Bonfire Night: where to go

People are advised to go to organised bonfires. Credit: Axel Heimken/DPA/Press Association Images

It's Bonfire Night, and fire services are warning people to stick to official bonfires and firework displays.

That's because this time of the year tends to see a spike in the number of nuisance fires they're called to deal with.

Luckily, people in the region are spoiled for choice when it comes to organised displays.

Here's some of the displays you can head to in Cumbria:

  • Walby Farm Park, near Carlisle - 6pm to 9pm
  • Dalston, the green - 6pm
  • Penrith Lions and Newton Rigg College - 6pm
  • Armathwaite Hall - 6:30pm
  • Bassenthwaite Bonfire Night - 6:30pm
  • Maulds Meaburn, village green - 6:30pm
  • Maryport, Netherhall Rugby Club - 7pm

Bonfire Night warning

Fire services are asking people to go to organised bonfires. Credit: ITV Border

It's the fifth of November, and there will be bonfires lighting up Cumbria and the South of Scotland this evening.

But there also tends to be a surge in nuisance fires and anti social behaviour.

Fire and Rescue services are asking people to stick to organised bonfires, rather than starting their own.

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