Ulverston Lantern road closures and street drinking restrictions revealed (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Ulverston Lantern road closures and street drinking restrictions revealed
11:22am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
POLICE have issued details of Ulverston road closures and ‘street drinking’ restrictions during the town’s annual lantern procession on Saturday, September 14.
The popular charter event, which takes place from 7.45pm until around 10pm, starts with four separate pedestrian processions that set off from different locations around Ulverston before meeting at County Square.
From there, the enlarged procession parades to Ford Park for entertainment and a firework display.
The whole town centre area is a designated ‘no street drinking’ zone which includes the car parks and Ford Park. The street drinking legislation is waived for the duration of the parade but will be enforced after the end of the parade.
A road closure order for the town centre will be in place between 7pm and 10pm. Police warn there is the likelihood of delays on the A590 through Ulverston. Motorists are urged to take extra care due to increased numbers of pedestrians around the town and on the A590 and roads approaching Ulverston.
Sergeant Rupert Johnston, of Ulverston Police, said: “There will be a road closure in place for the entire centre of Ulverston between 7pm and 10pm on September 14 so that the community can enjoy the annual celebration safely.
“To avoid delays and diversions, we would ask motorists to avoid driving into the area or attempting to leave the town during these times. There will be a large numbers of people walking around the town and their safety is paramount.
"I hope that residents will be patient and co-operate with the temporary closure and make alternative arrangements in advance because the road closure will only be lifted for emergency service vehicles. The roads can only be reopened when they are clear of participants and spectators.”
Ness Wilson, of the organising committee, said: “I would ask for people to park considerately, especially along the parade route. There are a number of large lanterns that may struggle to negotiate junctions if cars are parked too close so please bear this in mind.
"Your motor insurance may not be valid if you flout the Road Closure Notices and cause an accident to others. Please help us keep our festival-goers safe, and the processions flowing smoothly.”
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