Celton Manx is to sponsor Douglas Borough Council’s public fireworks display for the ninth successive year.
The event will be held on Friday November 1 starting at 7.30pm when the Mayor of Douglas Jon Joughin will light the bonfire and lead the judging for the Best Guy competition, for which prizes of £100, £50 and £25 will be given for first, second and third places respectively.
At 8pm the fireworks display will begin on Douglas beach opposite the war memorial where there will be a staged area and catering outlets. ‘Glo sticks’ will also be available in return for donations to the mayoress’s charity appeal in aid of Housing Matters and Heroes on the Water Isle of Man.
3FM, the council’s media partner for the event, will be broadcasting live coverage of the event.
Regeneration and community committee chairman Stephen Pitts said: ‘The council is very grateful to Celton Manx for their continued support. This is an unfailingly popular crowd-pleasing event that attracts visitors in their thousands from all over the island to enjoy a spectacular display in a safe and secure setting.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Every year I am encouraged by the tremendously positive feedback we receive about what is very much an all-Island high-profile community event which not only delights children and adults alike but also benefits businesses in the town.
‘Celton Manx is therefore pleased to be sponsoring the fireworks display for the ninth year in succession. It is our “thank you” to the people of Douglas and, indeed, to the people of the Isle of Man, our “home” where we choose to headquarter our business and where we take investing in the local community extremely seriously.’
Entries for the Best Guy competition are to be submitted between 7.15 and 7.25pm at the staged area by the war memorial.
Parking will be suspended on the walkway from 7 to 9pm but there will be free parking available in Chester Street car park.
Should circumstances such as unfavourable sea and/or weather conditions dictate that the event has to be cancelled on Friday November 1, the council has contingency plans in place and obtained an occasional music licence for Sunday November 3. Any changes to the planned schedule will be communicated as soon as possible via the council’s social media channels and broadcast by its media partner, 3FM.
In the interests of safety spectators are requested not to bring pets or their own fireworks, including sparklers, onto the site.