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Carlisle Fireshow attendees warned 'leave drones at home'

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Ahead of this Saturday’s Carlisle Fireshow, police are advising attendees to leave drones at home.

Last year there was an incident of a drone being used illegally at the Bitts Park event, so police are asking drone-users to leave their equipment at home.

The UK Dronecode, set by the Civil Aviation Authority, states that:

  • A user cannot fly a drone within 150 metres of a crowd of 1,000 or more.
  • A user cannot fly a drone within 150 metres of a congested area.
  • A user cannot fly within 50m of any person, vehicle, vessel or structure not under their direct control.

Sergeant Chris Blain said:

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable evening at this Saturday’s Fireshow.

The legislation is clear on the use of drones and anyone who would fly one at the Fireshow will be committing a criminal offence.

Police have a range of options to identify pilots using drones recklessly and will take action on any person that endangers this event."

– Sergeant Chris Blain, Cumbria Police

Carlisle Fireshow raised record amount for charity

Money raised at Carlisle's 2016 Fireshow will be presented to the Rotary Club Credit: ITV Border

More than £5,000 was raised at last year's fireshow in Carlisle for local charities.

The money will be given to the Rotary Club of Carlisle (South) and the Mayor's Charity Fund.

The spectacular array of fireworks ensured that the evening was a great family night out.

– Cllr Colin Stothard, Mayor of Carlisle

The event was attended by 50,000 people.

A cheque will be presented to Rotary South today at 3pm at the Civic Centre.


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
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