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Issue:- 24 October 2013

A bit of Light Railway fun this Hallowe'en
Photographs below are by John McIntyre...

THE West Lancashire Light Railway (WLLR) will be celebrating it's annual Hallowe'en festivities...  "All of your readers, young and old, are all invited... Dare they come and visit us on Sunday, 27 October 2013, they will have a frightfully good time!!!" they told us.

Steam trains will run as usual from 11.30 to 4.00pm, but after that, as darkness falls, the steam hauled Hallowe'en Specials will operate from 5.00pm until 6.30pm... The Railway runs next to a former clay pit which served a brickworks adjacent to the old West Lancashire Railway, so you could not ask for a more interesting setting!

Photo by John McIntyre.

Admission free. Tickets to ride on the trains will cast:- Adult - £2.50, Children - £1.50, Seniors - £2.00, Family tickets - £6.00.

Look out for The Tarleton Terror, The Barmy Bishop of Becconsall, The Headless Horserider from Hundred End, The Girlie Ghoul from Hoole, and (last, but not least) The Hound from Hell.

The event offers free car parking on site. The No. 2 Preston-Southport bus passes the entrance to the Railway.

Hot and cold drinks are available on site. 

For more sustaining refreshments we recommend the nearby branch of Booths or the fish and chips shop across the road!

If you have not been and do not know its location, use the following on your Sat Nav. -  just type in - Station Road, Hesketh Bank, (PR4 6SP) and you will find us!

Warning about illegal sales of fireworks

A warning has been issued by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service about the dangers of bangers and selling fireworks illegally.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service officers working in FIRST (Firework Incident Research Safety Team) along with police officers have seized 38 tonnes of illegal fireworks since the beginning of 2006.

Fireworks can only be sold by retailers with registration from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service between 15 October and 10 November 2013.

The illegal sale of fireworks and poor storage of fireworks can lead to a conviction.

Members of FIRST also carry out test purchases to uncover those selling fireworks illegally.

FIRST, which sees police officers working alongside Fire and Rescue Service officers, has helped convict people for offences including selling fireworks illegally and poor storage of fireworks.

The number of illegal fireworks seized however has reduced from 12 tonnes in 2006 to 1.5 tonnes in 2012.

Watch Manager Ian Mullen, who is leading the bonfire strategy for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service this year, said:- "In some serious cases in Merseyside young people have had their fingers blown off by bangers. They are unpredictable and are dangerous. People who sell illegal fireworks, particularly to youngsters, could be responsible for leaving them with serious injuries through firework misuse. Selling fireworks out of the back of a van or a house is illegal. It is also illegal to throw fireworks in the street. Joint inspections will also be carried out by Fire Officers and Trading Standards to ensure shops are registered by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to sell fireworks."

Bangers were made illegal by the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997. Any retailer caught selling bangers may face 6 months imprisonment and a fine of up to £5,000.

Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore from Merseyside Police said:- "Anti-social behaviour throughout this period will not be tolerated and anyone suffering from it should call us so that we can take action. I would also warn anyone thinking of selling fireworks illegally to think again. Selling fireworks without a licence and selling fireworks that are counterfeit are both criminal offences and highly irresponsible and we will be out in force in the coming weeks to crack down on this problem.  If you want advice please contact visit:-"

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