York & North Yorkshire

York plans bonfire event for first time since 2005

Guy Fawkes
Image caption The man behind the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament was born in York in 1570

The birthplace of Guy Fawkes will mark bonfire night with an official fireworks display for the first time in seven years.

Civic displays in York were abandoned by the council due to rising costs in 2005.

The Labour-controlled authority said it had found a commercial partner to organise an event for 5 November.

Guy Fawkes was born in the city in 1570 and was educated at St Peter's School which hosted the last official display.

Rat Race Adventure Sports has agreed to organise the event on York's Knavesmire.

The council said it was supporting the event but would not be funding it.

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