DoI ‘Surprised’ At Firework Decision

The DoI has thrown doubt over the reasoning behind Douglas Council’s decision to cancel its November 5 firework display.

Douglas Council has cancelled its display saying it is due to delays to the prom scheme around the war memorial.

However, a spokesman for the DoI says the dept is ‘surprised and disappointed that Douglas Borough Council has chosen to cancel this year’s fireworks display’ at as an alternative location was found for the Council to work from.

The spokesman said: ‘Although the Council’s preferred slipway to access the shore at Broadway is currently unavailable due to ongoing improvement works, an alternative location was identified a little further north, opposite the Palace Hotel, which was recently used for beach racing without any issues.

‘Pedestrians would have had ample space from which to watch the display, with only a short section between the War Memorial and Broadway being unavailable. The team has worked hard to assist in the smooth running of a range of events on Douglas’s promenades in recent months, including accommodating thousands of spectators watching the Red Arrows display, the hugely popular Food and Drink Festival at the Villa Marina, and vehicles and visitors at the Festival of Motoring.

‘While the cancellation of the fireworks is disappointing, the team looks forward to continue planning events alongside Douglas Borough Council, and will now focus on preparing the area of the War Memorial on Harris Promenade ahead of the Armistice Day commemorations.’

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