Saltwell Park fireworks display cancelled due to ‘unprecedented’ Storm Ciarán rainfall

The popular Bonfire Night fireworks display in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park has been cancelled this year after Storm Ciarán battered the North East with heavy rain.

Gateshead Council confirmed on Thursday evening that the event has been called off, citing the “unprecedented levels” of rainfall brought by the storm. The display was due to take place on Saturday, November 4, alongside a fairground, dance and fire shows, a live music DJ set, and food and drink outlets.

The council said that the rainfall has left the park grounds “saturated”, and took the difficult decision to cancel the evening due to the “potential risk” to the safety and comfort of visitors. Anyone who has purchased a ticket for the display should be issued a full refund within five to 10 working days, organisers added.

The full announcement from Gateshead Council on Thursday, which was posted on the council’s Facebook page, read: “Owing to the unprecedented levels of rainfall over recent days, we along with the Fireworks Event Safety Team have inspected Saltwell Park this morning and are in full agreement that the saturated grounds within the park pose a potential risk to the safety and comfort of those attending the fireworks display.

“As with all events held in Gateshead, the health and safety of all contractors and visitors is of paramount importance, whilst also considering the preservation of the park grounds for residents and visitors going forward. Therefore, it is with deep regret that Metro Radio and the council announce that this year’s event is cancelled.

“Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible and will take 5-10 working days to reach your account. For any other queries please email: fireworks@metroradio.co.uk. Thank you for your understanding and patience.”

Several other firework displays are due to take place across the North East throughout Bonfire Night weekend, with no further updates as to whether these events could too be impacted by the effects of Storm Ciarán. The storm hit the UK on Thursday bringing winds of more than 80mph, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for rain in the region.

The Environment Agency also issued more than 25 flood warnings for the UK ahead of Storm Ciarán’s arrival, with forecasters warning that the storm could cause further widespread flooding, damage to some buildings, and possible power cuts. The Met Office added that the severe weather could lead to some disruption with the risk of road closures and cancelled bus and train services, which was seen in the North East on Thursday with train services called off and roads flooded.

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