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Constellations art project to light up St Helens on Bonfire Night

Article date - 15 October 2019

Remember, remember the 5th of November - because an out of this world event is coming to Sherdley Park, St Helens.
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As part of a Liverpool City Region- wide arts project to inspire local communities to rediscover their neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing, Constellations Presents: The Creation will dazzle thousands of spectators through a bespoke fireworks display, launched in rhythm with music, which features conjuring images of the creation of the universe. 

The event – which follows on from the award winning ‘Lost Castles’ project – will be run to coincide with the annual ‘Spark in the Park’ extravaganza, one of Merseyside’s biggest organised firework displays.  

St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for culture, Councillor Anthony Burns said:  

“Constellations is set to build on the successes of last year’s incredible Lost Castles project, by sparking cultural engagement across the Liverpool City Region. 

“In St Helens, we’re taking our Constellations experience ‘The Creation’ to the skies with our brilliant Bonfire Night event, Spark in the Park, which has increased in popularity over recent years, and this event promises to be a fantastic occasion for all the family to enjoy.” 

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram added: "“Constellations is culturally linking all six districts of our city region with different events planned in each area showing how unique yet how connected we are. I really hope people take this chance to go to as many of the installations as they can and to discover great new places on their doorstep.”

Entry into the event - which starts at 6:00pm on Tuesday 5 November - is free  and hot food and drinks will be available from a number of stalls on the night to keep everyone warm – while a children’s funfair, open until 8:30pm, will also be in the park that evening to add to the fun. 

The fireworks display will get underway at approximately 7:30pm.  

Car parking is available at Mere Grange; the Islamic Centre; Marshalls Cross Road; Sherdley Park; Lea Green Station and Sutton Leisure Centre for £10 per vehicle. 

Interest in this event is likely to be high, so event organisers are encouraging visitors to arrive in good time, and to travel by public transport where possible.  

For more information on the constellations project, visit  www.constellationslcr.co.uk

For up-to-date public transport enquiries contact Merseytravel Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk 

For regular event updates, go to facebook.com/whatsoninsthelens and ‘like’ the page, or follow @whatsonsthelens on Twitter. 

To keep the borough safe during the Halloween and bonfire period, St Helens Council and its partners are working together to tackle ant-social behaviour, illegal bonfires, arson and firework nuisance as part of the annual, award-winning ‘Be A Good Guy’ campaign.

Ahead of Bonfire night, an illegal bonfire removal taskforce, known as ‘The Good Guy’s has been put together to respond to resident’s reports of illegal bonfires being built and remove them before they are lit.

To dowse out any anti-social behaviour caused by the minority, Merseyside Police will also be patrolling local neighbourhoods regularly to ensure people can enjoy the festivities safely – but they can’t do this alone and ask for parents and guardians to help by being aware of their children’s whereabouts and actions.

For more information, visit safer.sthelens.gov.uk