Thousands expected to watch Ottery’s tar barrels

As thosuands of people are expected to watch this year’s tar barrels, safety issue has been released to keep visitors safe.

The police are warning thousands of people are expected to flock to Ottery St Mary’s annual tar barrel event this evening.

The tar barrel committee is asking those coming for the event, on Saturday November 5, to stay safe and follow the advice of the marshals.

In the event of a safety issue police will also be using Twitter to update visitors who have access via their mobile phones.

The organisers will have a public address system on the night in addition to the use of Twitter.


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Supt Glen Mayhew said: “This is an historic event that attracts thousands of people. We want all those who head to Ottery to enjoy the spectacle of tar barrels.

“It can be a fantastic night but due to the nature of the event there is obviously a risk and a danger posed.

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“Please think carefully before travelling to the town. If you do go to Ottery please arrive in plenty of time and follow the signs to the designated car parks.

“During the event please follow all the advice from organisers to ensure you and those around you have a good time and remain safe.”

Each year around 15 thousand people are attracted to the town to watch the flaming barrels being carried through the streets.

The committee hope visitors enjoy the event without putting themselves or others at significant risk.

A number of safety guidelines have been issued:

• Do not bring young children to the event – the town will be extremely busy.

• Do not try and touch the barrels

• If you do not wish to feel the heat of the barrels, move to a less congested area away from the main event.

• Visitors will only be allowed to park in designated car parks and the town will be closed off to all vehicles a few hours before the start of the event.

To follow regular updates on Twitter, follow @DC_Police or alternatively search for hash tag #tarbarrels on Twitter.

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