Bonfire Night is back with a bang

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PET owners are being warned to take extra care of their animals ahead of a series of firework displays planned in conjunction with Bonfire Night.

This weekend displays will take place at locations across Banburyshire, continuing into Monday night which will mark the official date of Bonfire Night.

On Monday, Banbury playing field in White Post Road, Bodicote will again host one of the area’s biggest spectaculars, which regularly attracts hundreds of people to the large bonfire and impressive firework display.

The Bodicote event is now in its 43rd year and alongside the traditional bonfire and fireworks, there will be fairground attractions and a Guy Fawkes competition for under 11s.

Gates open at 5.45pm ahead of the fireworks display at 7.30pm.

Admission costs £3 per person with under-fives going free. While many people will be looking forward to the fireworks fun, charity Dogs for the Disabled is advising pet owners to put measures in place to protect animals from the noise.

People are urged to stay calm and not pay their pets extra attention as this will reinforce any fears.

Instead pet owners should keep their animals inside, distract them with a new toy and turn televisions and radios on to drown out the noise.

Lights should also be turned on to reduce the impact of any flashes.

More tips can be found at

For a full list of bonfire events taking place in villages around Banburyshire see this week’s Village News section on pages 31-33.