Don’t take risks with cheap fireworks

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Cheap fireworks might not be the best value for money for Leicestershire residents, a retailer has said.

Illegally sold and discounted rockets, fountains and roman candles are being distributed around the city but people are reminded to be cautious with their purchases.
Firework shop boss Mike Panayi, who runs Leicester Fireworks on Narborough Road, said: “People are being a bit more cautious with this year with their money when they’re buying fireworks.
“But buying fireworks illegally out of the back of a van can be very dangerous, normally they’re copies and they’re not good quality.”
Buyers should check that products are BS or CE approved and should also read the specifications to check they are appropriate for their use. From storage, to setting up and to setting them off, care must be taken with fireworks at every stage.
Mr Panayi added: “Most people don’t know what they’re buying and more shops should encourage firework safety.”

Fireworks illuminate Leicestershire’s skyline this week

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Jacob Jarvis

Leicestershire’s skyline will be illuminated by fireworks this week with plenty of events planned to mark Bonfire Night.

Tonight Quorn Station is hosting a display alongside children’s rides and a beer tent.

The event will start at 6.15pm and entry costs £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Sileby Town Cricket Club is holding an event tomorrow night and open their gates at 6pm with fireworks being set off at 7.30pm.

Entry costs £3.50 for adults and £2 for children.

Conkers in Swadlincote round up the week’s festivities with its display on Saturday.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for children in advance or £7 for adults and £4 for children in advance.

Gates open at 5.30pm and the display begins at 7.30pm.

The festivities kicked off across the county on Saturday, with thousands attending Leicester’s Abbey Park firework display.

Leicester Media School opens today

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Samuel Stevens

James Bond assistant director Terry Bamber will today speak at the launch of the Leicester Media School, one of the UK’s leading centres for creative industries such as journalism and animation.

The all-day event is designed to unite over 1,600 students and 75 academics into one new school at De Montfort University. Bamber, assistant director on BBC One crime drama Luther and the last six installments of the James Bond movie franchise, will deliver a guest lecture as part of the official launch event in the Bede Island Building at 1.30pm.

The packed programme will also spotlight the world-leading expertise and industry-standard facilities at the Leicester Media School while offering students a platform to demonstrate their skills to new audiences. Interactive audio-visual installations have been created especially for the prestigious event while students from the world-leading Animation Design Studios will present a new Richard III cartoon.

Guests will also be given the opportunity to see students recording content in DMU’s multi-million-pound Creative Technology Studios while working on a host of news stories throughout the day.

Christmas shoppers go digital

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Kristina Ivoskyte

Convenience and receiving parcels through the post are two of the reasons why more and more Leicestershire shoppers are going online to buy Christmas presents.

Seven out of ten people prefer to buy their gifts online than visiting the High Street, a snapshot survey carried out in Leicester city centre has found. Present buyers surveyed said they preferred digital shopping because it was faster and cheaper, according to the research undertaken by The Leicestershire Press.
Sharon Makepeace (44) said: “Ebay or Amazon is the way to go for me, less fuss and I can even get everything wrapped and ready to go under the tree days before Christmas itself.”
Kate Roland, a mother of three, from Coalville, believes online shopping is a lot cheaper for people on a budget. The 33-year-old said: “I always go around shops to get a look of the toys I want to buy and then I try to find deals to get them cheaper online.”
Kate said getting a package delivered by the postman “topped off the Christmas spirit”, adding: “It gives the idea of Santa Claus himself delivering the gift, you almost forget you have spent the money.”

Lego still firm favourite this Christmas

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Lego is once again predicted to be the most popular Christmas gift among children this year, according to a Leicestershire toyshop.

Jenny Cross, the manager of Geoff’s Toys in High Street, Coalville, believes the colourful building blocks will be topping present wish lists during this holiday season.

She said: “It’s hard to say what will be popular this year, depending on the toyshop, but for us it’s always been Lego.”

Geoff’s Toys, which also has a branch in High Street, Loughborough, has been preparing for the flood of festive shoppers with a discount club.

Jenny added: “We had a Christmas Club running since September which allows people to get shopping done even if they’re on a budget.”

Meanwhile, another toy store, London’s Hamleys, has revealed its predictions for the most popular toys in 2014:

• My Friend Cayla (£75)
• Doh Vinci Style and Store Vanity design kit (£25)
• Kidizoom Smart Watch (£50)
• Barbie Colour Change Bag (£40)
• Teksta T-Rex (£59.99)
• Leapfrog LeapTV (£135)
• Transformers Chomp & Stomp robot (£115)
• BoomCo Rapid Madness blaster (£65)
• Ice Skating Anna & Elsa from Frozen (£30)
• Xeno toy (£100)