Giant Trojan horse will go up in flames at Barnard Castle bonfire and fireworks display (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Giant Trojan horse will go up in flames at Barnard Castle bonfire and fireworks display
FLAMING GIANT: Martin Bacon, of Teesdale Conservation Volunteers, and Tom Deacon, from Barnard Castle Meet with the Trojan horse which will go up in flames. Picture: Stuart Laundy
ORGANISERS of a community bonfire have decided against burning a traditional Guy Fawkes effigy this year.
Instead, a giant Trojan horse will be set ablaze in Barnard Castle.
It was built by Teesdale Conservation Volunteers (Rotters) using bits of plank and other offcuts of wood collected over the year.
Manager Martin Bacon said it had taken about a week to construct.
“We made the body, then the head – but we realised the head would not fit under the cables on the road.
“At its maximum height, it is 18ft, so we made a hinge for the head to be lowered and that makes it 16ft on the road."
He added: "We worked out a design, but it was a bit of a challenge.
"Last year, we build a model of parliament for the bonfire, but we have never done anything like this before.”
Mr Bacon said transporting the horse from Rotters, in Startforth, across the County Bridge and through Barnard Castle would also be challenging.
This year's bonfire and fireworks display has been switched from the Demesnes to the grounds of Green Lane Primary School.
A dispute with horse owners near the Demesnes site almost caused last year's event to be cancelled, so the new venue was chosen to avoid any further problems.
Tom Deacon, a committee member of Barnard Castle Meet, which organises the bonfire and fireworks display, said: “The Trojan horse is a bit tongue in cheek after what happened last year.”
The display takes place on Friday, November 1. Gates open at 6.15pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm and the fireworks display, which has also been designed by Mr Bacon, takes place at 7.30pm.
Admission is £5 for adults, while admission for children under 15 is free, thanks to £1,500 from the town council.
No parking will be allowed near the school. Drivers are asked to use the public car park near Morrisons or the Teesdale School car park.
There will be no entry to the bonfire from Dale Road or the school entrance, but stewards will be on hand to guide people to and from the display.
The Friends of Green Lane School will be selling glow sticks and LED swords on the night to raise money for the school.
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