Local Halloween events a huge success

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Newry & Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the news that the Fire Service has reported an 18% decrease in Halloween incidents compared to last year. Megan explained, “The service said it received 141 calls and attended 102 incidents across The North, the lowest figure on record for 31 October. Fearon however, said it was disappointing to learn that the majority of the incidents (45%) were located in the Southern Command Area. “Most incidents involved rubbish, bonfires and calls where tyres had been set alight.” Megan said that feedback from various Halloween events organised by Councils and Community Groups had been very positive. “From Newry to Camloch, to Crossmaglen, to Newtownhilton to Keady, to Armagh, many residents and visitors have been praising the great nights of Halloween Fireworks and festivities that had been organised by community safety, voluntary and sporting groups and local Councils.” Mickey Brady MLA said that the Newry Fireworks display had been spectacular. Conor Murphy, who lives in the village of Camloch said that the local Fireworks Display and Hallowen fun had attracted many families. Newry & Mourne Councillor Terrry Hearty said that the rain didn’t dampen the good family fun taking place at the Halloween festivities. Speaking from Crossmaglen the local Councillor said, “There was a big turn out here, the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the families in South Armagh who came out in force. Crossmaglen Square was buzzing with the Marquees, The Youth Club, the Hotel and the Community Centre all packed. He added, “It was great to see the local Fire Engine and service personnel lead the Halloween parade along with the Corduff Pipe Band. Thousands packed into the Crossmaglen Rangers stands to witness a colourful fireworks display. Well done to all involved.”
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