Park’s annual firework display cancelled over Covid fears

The annual event at Strathclyde Park attracts thousands of spectators each year.

An annual bonfire night firework display at a North Lanarkshire park has been cancelled over social distancing concerns.

The decision to cancel the Strathclyde Park event, which attracts thousands of spectators each year, is part of ongoing efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Organisers say it “wouldn’t be possible” to maintain social distancing guidelines if it went ahead.

North Lanarkshire Council announced the decision on Sunday.

Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transport committee, said: “It’s with some sadness that we’ve had to take the decision to cancel the fireworks display for this year.

“It’s certainly not something we have taken lightly and we know that many people will be disappointed, but the safety of our residents is our priority.

“We simply cannot organise events attracting large numbers of people where physical distancing isn’t possible.

“Nearer the time will be work closely with our colleagues in Scottish Fire and Rescue to ensure that fireworks safety messages are promoted to encourage people to behave responsibly.”

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