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Pub's Bonfire Night Ruined By Reckless Revellers

Monday November 11 2013

A MUM-OF-TWO said a group of reckless revellers ruined a bonfire night at a pub last week after they started setting their own fireworks off.

Rebecca Haigh Sellars, who has two children aged six and two, took her family to the bonfire at the Longridge Road pub in Monk Bretton on November 3.

The Royston mum said everything was fine until a group of people, who looked to be in their 20s, turned up and started lighting fireworks in the crowd where children were.

"We only stayed half an hour because the kids were scared after someone lit a firework near to people," she said.

"My youngest was right near it and I managed to grab him out the way just as it exploded. He was really lucky not to have been hurt."

A number of people complained on Facebook saying the boisterous group was playing reckless with people's safety.

Landlord Nigel Lofts said about 1,000 people attended and every effort was made to marshal the event and keep people safe.

He did say a 30 to 40-strong group of revellers had decided to make their own entertainment and started lighting their own fireworks display in the middle of the car park.

He said: "There was a load of them in their 20s and they had those illegal bangers and I must have told them three or four times to stop but they kept throwing them. They were even chucking them in the fire, full packets of them.

"One of them even put a banger underneath a cone and there was a child nearby who must have only been two but thank God he wasn't hurt when it exploded.

"You try your best to put on a good event, I spent £3,000, but with idiots like these knocking about it's not easy. I've even warned other pubs to keep an eye out for people with these illegal bangers."

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Reply Posted by carly on Monday November 11 2013 at 13:24
Bonfires should be made to have sia security on to make people feel at ease what good are just normal people in yellow coats they want to take the big money and not care for the safety of people a proper security firm take this problem away like they do in town only youre greedy selfs to blame

Reply Posted by A guest on Monday November 11 2013 at 14:19
That's hardly fair, it would have to be a 15-20 group of security to contend with the immature waste of space idiots that carelessly thought it would be funny to set off fire works, the landlord did what other landlords did and that was put on a firework display and bonfire for family's it wasn't greed why he didn't folk out for security I supose it didn't cross his mind that such idiots would put a child's life at risk....my child's life, maybe next year such fools will have learned by there stupidity and not risk children's life to make them selfs look "hard"

Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Monday November 11 2013 at 14:38
Stop maiming kids. Stop terrifying animals. Stop selling explosives to retards.

Fireworks should be for licensed displays only ON BONFIRE NIGHT.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday November 11 2013 at 15:08

Reply Posted by Peter H on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 08:19
Hear, hear Don & stop greedy shop-keepers selling them off cheaply after the date

Reply Posted by AHR on Monday November 11 2013 at 14:56
I heard there had been trouble at the ( Sturdy Lads ) so I'm surmising this is the pub in question. I'm with Don above.

Reply Posted by Katie on Monday November 11 2013 at 15:05
Its hardly the pubs fault that these complete idiots decided to turn up to a family event and do the unthinkable in a crowd of families and children. My 23 month old was stood just infront of these brainless t**ts i was absolutely gobsmacked at what had even happened! And themselves not even teens you would think they'd know better...could have happened at any pub bonfire

Reply Posted by god help us on Monday November 11 2013 at 15:37
I heard it was the travelling community!!!

Reply Posted by lee c on Monday November 11 2013 at 20:03
ban the sale of fire works to the public, and only let organised events take place. they should make it illegal to set off fire works other then on private property/or events.

Reply Posted by Paige on Monday November 11 2013 at 20:16
I was there with my 3 children & apart from these revellers it was a brilliant night and an excellent fireworks display from the landlord, The landlord in question tried his best to control the situation and for a change 'god help us' it wasn't Travellers it was stupid teenagers & some local to Monk Bretton whom should be very ashamed of themselves, The Sturdy's is a brilliant family pub who are very child friendly & it turned out to be a lovely evening and as 'Katie' has said it could have happened at any pub bonfire which it did at quite a few in Barnsley from talk on facebook & even Locke park didn't go without incident & there was plenty of security there!!!

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 08:17
the army should be deployed to all town centres, events, and patrolling the streets armed with guns. then shoot all troublemakers,druggies, thieves,thugs,etc on sight. it will make the world a better place.

Reply Posted by Not him again... on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:14
Me@ You been watching to many war movies?

Reply Posted by LOL on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 09:31

Reply Posted by Steve on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 17:10
Ban the whole lot, it's dangerous, a drain on resources and a complete waste of time and money in my opinion, just set fire to a couple of £20.00 notes, that's a lot less dangerous and nowhere near as big a pain in the backside as all the banging and clattering for weeks on end.

Reply Posted by Frank on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 17:18
Why stop selling fireworks because of stupid immature people if someone steals a car and runs someone over or hits another car should they stop selling cars and take them straight all straight off the road?

Reply Posted by Thom on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 17:58

Reply Posted by clare on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 07:21
I dont think the pub can be held responsible for the actions of these idiots. They do have one to the inocent people and kids attending their event. But this bonfire at this pub is well known to be popular and I do think some security when you have as quoted 1000 plus people isnt alot to ask or expect. Thank god no children were hurt.

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