Nobody said event would be this loud
I would like to offer some feedback about Leicester City Council's Abbey Park bonfire night on Saturday.
I am from Wigan in Lancashire. I was asked by my in-laws to spend the weekend with them in Earl Shilton and take my kids along to the big bonfire planned for Abbey Park at the weekend.
They had a leaflet which explained there was a bonfire and two sets of fireworks, the first of which would be ideal for children.
Also, if we got the tickets from the Visit Leicester shop in town, we would receive a discount.
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On Saturday morning, we decided to get our two young children ready and head to Leicester city centre that afternoon to purchase some discounted tickets for the evening event.
I purchased two adult passes for myself and my wife and two concessionary tickets for my mother and father-in-law, who are pensioners.
We decided to travel from there to Abbey Park to spend the evening.
As we approached the park entrance, we all noticed there seemed to be very loud music coming from within.
At no point during the build-up to this evening was I informed there would be a live pop music concert taking place right next to the bonfire and fireworks display.
As we progressed through the park towards the bonfire and fireworks area, the music and stage commentary became louder and louder.
I have been to many concerts before and I can honestly say the sound system here was as loud as any I have experienced in the past.
I was not expecting this and I can say my children were definitely not expecting the unbearable loud poor quality music clearly disturbing them.
If I wanted to subject my young children to excessive poor quality noise I would have booked a family ticket to a One Direction concert.
Just to be clear, I was sold tickets to a bonfire event with a children's firework display, and what I got was a music concert which scared my young children so much so that they were highly distressed and we all had to leave before the fireworks even started, and the bonfire was still a stack of discarded wooden pallets.
I spent £15 on these tickets and invested valuable time in attending this event, but had one of the worst experiences I have had in Leicestershire, which is a county I usually enjoy exploring.
I'm sure local repeat customers were expecting the event set up, but the advertising did not make it clear my children would be subjected to concert-standard noise levels.
I hope the city council will take my feedback and work harder in the future to ensure its advertising of such events make it clear that the music stage would be the focal point of a seriously loud scary experience for young kids.
If you would like more detail or indeed feel you have justification for the poor advertising, then I would love a response.
Matt Roberts, Wigan.