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Fireworks go ahead, but Halloween cancelled

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Thursday, 15th September 2005 By Dan Ketteringham

With the court case adjourned until mid-October, the park have decided to proceed with 3 nights of fireworks.

However, the Halloween events have now been cancelled for this year, which includes the popular Terror of the Towers experience.

In court, an acoustic expert for Alton Towers had warned that a court order forcing theme park to reduce noise by more than half would be "outrageous" and "unprecedented". Doug Sharps told Birmingham Crown Court yesterday that such an order would have major implications for industries and retail outlets throughout the country.

Mr Sharp said: "I have never seen a limit of 30 decibels in any court order over a 30-year period. It's unprecedented. I think I've called it outrageous or words to that effect."

The case has been adjourned until Friday 14th October at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court when a decision is expected on the details of the noise abatement order.

However, despite this, the park plans to go ahead with 3 nights of fireworks. They will be on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. Please note that these days will be pre-book only, unless you are an Annual Pass holder, or you are staying in one of the hotels, or you have a complimentary ticket. Local resident and staff tickets will not be valid.

Press Officer for the park, Rachael Lockitt, said: "Whilst we appreciate the risks involved, we feel obliged to both the local community and to our business to proceed."

Park General Manager, Russell Barnes, added: "Whilst we recognise that there is a risk involved in promoting these shows before the terms of the Abatement Order have been confirmed, we felt that it was imperative that we press ahead with our plans, because they are so key not only to the Park, but to the local community. So we're planning to release limited numbers of tickets over the Internet at discounted rates for a short time period. What's key is to get across that for the first time, only tickets bought in advance will guarantee entry - on the day sales will be strictly controlled."


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