Thousands turn out for Wythenshawe Park fireworks display on busy night for firefighters
Thousands of people turned out for Wythenshawe Park’s firework display last night.
It was soggy underfoot, but the crowds took advantage of the dry and clear skies for the spectacular display and the lighting of the bonfire.
Wythenshawe councillor and Lord Mayor, Eddy Newman opened the proceedings.
— Cllr Eddy Newman (@LordMayorOfMcr) November 5, 2017
Firefighters were kept busy, attending 222 incidents from 367 calls between 4pm and 10.30pm
— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) November 5, 2017
Fire crews came under attack from youths in Salford and Trafford after attending reports of out of control bonfires – prompting a response from Wythenshawe councillor and Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.
Thanks for keeping us all safe and for the idiots attacking our emergency services you should be ashamed of yourselves.
— Tommy Judge (@Judge903Judge) November 5, 2017
In Edgehill Cloe Salford, firefighters attempted to control the flames of an unattended bonfire and came under attack from a large group of youths who threw what were believed to be glass bottles at the crews. No-one was hurt but the fire engine was damaged.
In Trafford, crews responded to a bonfire in Cornbrook Park Road at 7.11pm but when they arrived a group of approximately 20 youths began throwing fireworks at the crew. They managed to get away and no damage was caused.