Newton Aycliffe fireworks display 'resurrection' hope

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A Newton Aycliffe fireworks display which was cancelled after an increase in visitors raised "serious" safety concerns could go ahead this year.

Safety officers advised Great Aycliffe Town Council to cancel the 2013 event after it became "too large" to manage.

The council hopes it can now be "resurrected", after plans were drawn up to help control congestion.

The County Durham Safety Advisory Group (SAG) will have the final say on whether the display can go ahead.

Popularity of the event at Oakleaf Leisure Centre rose after nearby displays in the county were cancelled.

The event, which had been held for about 30 years, was attracting nearly 16,000 visitors.

'Run smoothly'

Organisers feared they were unable to "safely manage" the display last year, following the large attendance in November 2012.

A meeting was held with SAG, which raised issues including controlling numbers and traffic management.

Town clerk Andrew Bailey said the council had made plans to control congestion, including increased security, barriers and lighting.

The event would be restricted to residents, using a ticket or wristband system.

Mr Bailey said: "I think people will be pleased to have an organised display back on.

"Hopefully by restricting it to residents it will run more smoothly and people should be able to enjoy the display."

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    Police in Stockton

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    Microlight in Northumberland

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    Hampden Park

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    As it happened
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    News on the hour 08:58:

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    • BBC Newcastle: The future of the Quaylink buses - that run between the centre Gateshead and Newcastle to the Quayside - is uncertain
    'Most loving guy' 08:52:

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    A friend of Mr Zikhali's, Commonwealth Games sprinter Richard Kilty, said the news was "absolutely devastating".

    Riverside in Stockton

    He said: "David was the most loving guy you'll ever meet. He's always laughing, he's always joking. He's loved by everyone across Stockton."

    Your thoughts on buses 08:43:

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    Flowers by the Tees 08:28:

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