Bonfire lucky ticket prizes still up for grabs

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Organisers of Clitheroe Community Bonfire and Fireworks Display which is being held this Saturday are urging people to check their ticket to see if they are a winner.

There are still seven lucky tickets out there giving their owners the chance to win a bottle of house Champagne, Stephane Breton, from Byrne’s wine shop in Clitheroe.

The special lucky tickets have the wrong date printed on them – 02/11/31 instead of 02/11/13.

When the tickets first went on sale there were 10 lucky ones distributed with the first two claimed winning their owners the chance to light the bonfire or the fireworks display on Saturday. These were claimed by Clitheroe father-of-two David Wilmot and Clitheroe grandma Barbara Taylor, while one of the eight bottles of Champagne was claimed by Clitheroe man Michael Barker.

Anyone who has one of the remaining seven lucky tickets should take it to the gate on Saturday night and they will subsequently be given a voucher to take into Byrne’s wine shop.

Rocketing ticket sales mean there are only a handful of tickets left for Saturday night’s bonfire and fireworks extravaganza.

This year’s eagerly-awaited event will go ahead on the Clitheroe Castle field as an all-ticket event due to health and safety regulations, with a maximum 5,000 people allowed to attend.

Bonfire committee chairman Mr Bill Barker said: “I want to emphasise that no tickets will be sold on the night and anyone who wants to attend must buy beforehand.”

Tickets can be bought from Dawson’s or from any Rotary, Round Table or Lions members.

They cost £10 for a family ticket (two adults and two children under 16), £5 for an adult ticket (16 and over), £2 for a child’s ticket (under 16), with free admission for the under-threes.

There will be the usual attractions including a hog roast, hot dogs and food by Indian Delight, who took part at the Clitheroe Food Festival. There will also be tea, coffee and soft drinks, plus novelty flashing toys.

The event’s sponsors are FMB Solicitors, Kenneth Hind Barrister Oriel Chambers, Lancaster Brewery, Dugdale Nutrition Ltd, Castle Cement, Pubwatch, Clitheroe Town Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council, which is also allowing use of the Castle grounds and has assisted with the administration.