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Coming to the Event


Friday 21st December 2018

Burning the Clocks is a free spectator event.

The parade leaves from New Road at 6.30pm and arrives at Madeira Drive at approximately 7.15pm, when lanterns are passed onto the bonfire and the fireshow begins. The event finishes at around 8pm.

The parade makes its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street, onto the seafront and along to Madeira Drive for the finale. Please do not wait in New Road to watch the parade as this is our assembly zone for 1,500 participants and there is no space for audience.

The fireshow will take place on the beach with viewing from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics.

If you would like to take part in the parade, please purchase a lantern kit which includes parade wristbands. Participants are asked to arrive promptly according the directions in the packs, to have their lanterns lit and be lined up safely.

There will be a designated viewing area for spectators who require disabled access. Please note this will be allocated on a first come first served basis. On arrival at Madeira Drive, ask a steward to direct you or follow the parade to the finale site gates.

We politely ask you not to bring home-made lanterns to the event as they compromise safety. We are required to safety check every lantern. We also ask people not to bring Chinese sky lanterns or fireworks to the event.

Same Sky’s policy is that the event will go ahead, regardless of the weather, as long as it’s safe. However, we reserve the right to cancel the event on safety grounds in the case of extreme weather conditions. If there are any updates or changes to the event they will be noted on this page and also on our facebook page.

Thank you.


Road Closures 

16.00 to 21.00

Madeira Drive

Full road closure from 16.00 to 21.00 on the day of the event. Traffic caught within road closure to be allowed to leave road closure until approximately 18.15. No traffic movement to be permitted during actual event.


17.00 – 19.00pm

Full Closure for lining up the parade

Jubilee St

New Road


18.15 – 19.00pm

North Street


18.30 – 19.00pm

Rolling Road closures on the following roads following route between 18.30 to approximately 19.00 to allow parade to proceed to Madeira Drive:

Church St

Middle St (north of Boyces St)

Duke St

Ship Street

Prince Albert Street

Black Lion St (north of The Laines Car Park)



18.30 – 19.10pm

Rolling Road closures on the following roads following route between 18.30 to approximately 19.10 to allow parade to proceed from New Road to Madeira Drive:

East Street

Brills Lane

Grand Junction Road (approx. 15 minute closure within the window 18.45 – 19.15)