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Scarborough New Year Fireworks Cancelled Over Walrus Concerns

Scarborough Borough Council says a fireworks display planned form the town this evening has been cancelled following the arrival of a Walrus in the town's harbour.

A spokesman for Scarborough Borough Council said:

“We have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display on the advice of British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), because of the arrival of the walrus ‘Thor’ in the harbour.

“There are concerns that the display could cause distress to the mammal.”

Councillor Steve Siddons, leader of the council, said:

“We are really disappointed that we’ve had to cancel the fireworks but the welfare of the walrus has to take precedence.

“Our decision is based on expert advice from the BDMLR charity.”

Chris Cook, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area coordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said:

“We welcome the decision to call off the fireworks but understand that some people will be disappointed the display isn’t going ahead.

“It is extremely rare that an Arctic walrus should come ashore on the Yorkshire coast.

“The creature needs time to rest and recuperate before it continues its journey.

“While there is understandable interest in the creature, we ask that it is left alone and not disturbed.”

In a post on social media the council apologised for the cancellation.

Scarborough Borough Council had planned for a six-minute fireworks display to start at the stroke of midnight from behind Scarborough Spa saying it would:

"add an extra special touch to residents’ festivities and, in support of the local visitor economy, those visiting the area to celebrate the New Year with family and friends."

The display was to be carried out on the council’s behalf by a specialist fireworks company.

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