Bonfire will sparkle despite roadworks

The Scarborough Lions Bonfire on Burniston Road car park Picture by Richard Ponter 104558d  5/11/10    news
The Scarborough Lions Bonfire on Burniston Road car park Picture by Richard Ponter 104558d 5/11/10 news

A HUGE Scarborough bonfire night celebration will go with a bang again after fears it could face major disruption were dispelled.

Worries had intensified that extensive road resurfacing works could scupper Scarborough Lions’ annual Burniston Road car park bonfire on Saturday.

However, county council chiefs have confirmed to the Evening News the ongoing £2.5 million improvements will halt over the weekend, allowing revellers to enjoy another sparkling evening.

The Burniston Road event will get under way at 5.30pm, with Scarborough mayor, Cllr John Blackburn, lighting the bonfire at around 6.15pm.

The fun will continue with a large firework display at 7.15pm, though visitors have been reminded not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers due to safety restrictions.

Anyone wanting to donate wood can take surplus timber along to the venue on Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Contractors began work on the programme of road improvements in Scarborough on Monday, which will take in a number of busy routes which were decimated by the winter’s sub-zero Arctic blast.

The first phase of work will include the complete resurfacing of Burniston Road, from the Peasholm roundabout up to Field Lane.

The work is expected to take around five weeks to complete and will be carried out in small sections with the routes being closed from 7.30am and 7pm on week days only.

Further improvements have also been pinpointed for a section between Coldyhill Lane and the Sea Cut Bridge before Christmas.

Council bosses added work to a section of Filey Road, from Queen Margaret’s Road to Wheatcroft Avenue, and to Westborough and Falsgrave Road from the railway station to Scalby Road will go ahead after the festive period.

l For more details about this year’s bonfire night events, see page 18.