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Archived news release from 13 October 2006
Strictly Fireworks at Himley
This year’s spectacular Himley Bonfire and firework display will have the crowds singing and dancing to a range of explosive hits.

Disco Inferno, Praise You and Twist ‘n’ Shout are just some of the sounds that will accompany one of the country’s biggest firework displays which has been called Strictly Fireworks.

Tens of thousands are expected to turn out for the show at Himley Hall and Park on November 4.

As well as the huge bonfire and spectacular firework display a wide range of dance music will also feature at the show. The music theme follows on from the success of hit TV shows Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly Dance Fever which absorbed the nation over the last year.

Music at Strictly Fireworks will cover a wide range from ballet to boogie and tango to twist. Songs will include Disco Inferno, Praise You, Twist ‘n’ Shout, Hot Stuff, Swan Lake and La Bamba. There will also be fantastic effects including dancing flames moving across Himley Lake to the rhythm of the music.

Councillor Charles Fraser Macnamara, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

"I’m sure Strictly Fireworks will be compulsive Saturday night viewing - not on the TV but in the night sky of Dudley. Thousands of people from across the borough and indeed further afield will come to Himley to enjoy the bonfire and firework display. This is the council’s biggest event of the year and an event that really does put Dudley on the map as being the best."

Gates will open at 4.30pm for the event which is supported by Tipton & Coseley Building Society, Travel West Midlands and Beacon Radio.
Beacon will be in action from 6pm in the park which will also play host to Thomas Jones’ giant funfair. The bonfire will be lit at 7.45pm before Strictly Fireworks takes centre stage from 8.30pm.

Admission to the event is 6 for adults, 3 for senior citizens and children under 16, while it is free to under fives. A special family ticket for two adults and up to two children is just 15.

Car parking is 3 and special traffic management for the event will reduce congestion and allow vehicles to enter and exit Himley Park. From 4.30 to 11pm Himley Road (B4176) will be open to Bonfire Traffic Only (except for access) from its junction with High Arcal Road through to the traffic light junction with the A449.

A special bus service will also be in operation from 5.30pm onwards to take people to and from the event. Buses to Himley will run from Dudley, Coseley, Sedgley, Cradley, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, Halesowen and Stourbridge.

The Strictly Fireworks special free bus service stops at recognised bus stops on each route to Himley Park. Bus departure points will be marshalled to enable easy queuing and a safe journey home.

Further details contact Himley Hall & Park on 01384 817817 or call Dudley Council Plus on 01384 812345.

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Bus service information
Service 249 commences at 5.30 pm and runs every 15 minutes from Cradley Railway Station, along High Street Quarry Bank, Waterfront East Car Park (park and ride) Brierley Hill (Bank St), through Pensnett to Himley Park and return.

Service 250 commences at 5.30 pm and runs every 5 minutes from Flood Street Car Park, Dudley via Dudley Bus Station, Himley Road to Himley Park and return.

Service 251 commences at 5.05pm and runs every 20 minutes from Halesowen Bus Station via Stourbridge Bus Station, Wordsley, Kingswinford to Himley Park and return

Service 252 commences at 5.30 pm and runs every 10 minutes from Coseley (Roseville Sq) via Sedgley (Vicar St) and Gornal Wood Bus Station to Himley Park and return.

Service 253 (additional service) commences at 5pm and runs every 10 minutes from Stourbridge Bus Station via Amblecote, Audnam, Wordsley and Kingswinford to Himley Park and return.

Release Date: 13 October 2006
Directorate: Urban Environment
Contact: Phil Parker, Marketing and communications
Phone: 01384 815219
Email: phil.parker@dudley.gov.uk