Budleigh Lions: help us comply with fire regulations

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 October 2017

The fireworks display at Pinewood Residential and Nursing Home captured by Budleigh photographer Dan Cooper. Ref exb Budleigh fireworks. Picture: Budleigh Photography

The fireworks display at Pinewood Residential and Nursing Home captured by Budleigh photographer Dan Cooper. Ref exb Budleigh fireworks. Picture: Budleigh Photography

Picture: Budleigh Photography

Budleigh Salterton’s lions club is warning people that if the annual fireworks display at Pinewood Nursing Home does not comply with fire safety rules, they could lose the event for next year.

Residents attending Budleigh Salterton’s only organised fireworks display are being warned they could lose the event if fire safety rules are not followed.

The Lions Club of Budleigh and District is urging people attending the display at Pinewood Nursing Home to ‘comply’ with health and safety regulations.

In recent years the club has had to enforced strict safety guidelines which dictate where people can stand and how close they can get during the annual display at Pinewood Nursing Home in Victoria Place.

If they are not enforced, they may not get permission to organise the event in 2018.

This year, the club is looking to ramp up awareness of the rules to make sure the town doesn’t lose its only organised display.

Lion Geoff Paver said: “Please be aware that to comply with all the regulations that we have to, the cliff path on to Jubilee Field will close at 6.30pm.

“There after you can either watch the display from Pinewood car park or if you want to go onto the field then the entrance will be at the top of Northview Road.

“Failure to comply may see us not be able to hold this event again.”

Geoff also added that no sparklers are to be brought to the event under the fire regulations.

The lions have also been in touch with three local primary schools – St Peter’s, Drake’s and Otterton, to get the word out to parents.

Geoff added: “It’s getting harder and harder to put on these things so we have got to comply.”

In recent years, Pinewood Nursing Home has become the traditional home of the annual Budleigh event, which will take place from 7pm on Saturday, November 4.

This means that the fireworks can be seen over Budleigh’s iconic sea front.

Lions set off the fireworks from Jubilee Field while Devon Freewheelers are in charge of the barbecue with funds raised by the event being split between the two.

Last year collection buckets raised more than £1,200 for the two causes while Devon Freewheelers raised another £400 from the barbecue.

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