Wolverhampton bonfire and fireworks display moves to Friday due to clash with Wolves v Tottenham match
Wolverhampton's main bonfire and fireworks display will be held on a Friday night this year, it has been announced.
The event which attracts thousands of people to Wolverhampton Racecourse has been moved to Friday, November 2 as Wolves are playing Tottenham at Molineux the following night.
The city council decided to move the fireworks as hosting both events on the same night risked causing gridlock in the city. The scheduling of the Wolves match, which has been moved to 7.45pm kick-off due to TV coverage, has caused a headache for council chiefs.
Bosses said the move would ease traffic and parking problems and allow families to go to both the fireworks display and the match.
However, the move to Friday could still lead to traffic chaos in the city, with the thousands of visitors to the racecourse to add to rush-hour traffic. Previous bonfire events at the racecourse have seen long traffic queues.
Councillor John Reynolds, economy boss at the council, said: “The bonfire and fireworks events have been hugely successful at the racecourse these past three years and this year should be no exception with such a fabulous display lined up again.
“There is plenty on offer for all of the family – it’s great entertainment at a great venue.”
Tickets for the bonfire display are £5 for adults and £3 for children. They will be £6 on the gate for adults and £4 for children. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Tuesday.
Gates open at 5pm and the children’s display begins at 7pm. Mayor of Wolverhampton Phil Page will light the bonfire at 7.30pm. The fireworks display will follow at 8.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of the evening at the racecourse Holiday Inn Reception, at Wolves Civic Box Office, based at the city's art gallery or at www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk.