December 6 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, November 1, 2013
Alexandra Palace is reminding people without tickets they will not be able to gain access to the park tomorrow night.
The park will be almost entirely closed to non-ticket holders from about 3pm, ahead of the evening event, with only The Grove remaining open to the general public.
The decision has provoked criticism from some local residents, who watched the fireworks from the grounds without a ticket in previous years.
All 30,000 tickets to the event have already sold out, and no tickets will be available on the door - which means if you don’t have ticket you will not be able to get in.
Debbie Tibber, of Barrington Road, Crouch End, criticised Ally Pally’s management for the decision to shut it off to the wider community.
“I’m just not sure they are allowed to do it - isn’t it the People’s Park?” she said. “I know people are coming in from all over the area who have not got tickets who expect to be able to stand down at the bottom.
“I don’t mind them having a charging section but you cannot shut an entire park to people.”
But Duncan Wilson, chief executive for Alexandra Palace, has said holding a ticketed event in this way was the only “practical” way to bring fireworks back to Ally Pally.
“The Trustees of Alexandra Park and Palace decided in 2010 that at a cost of £120,000 per annum it was no longer financially viable to run a free public firework display,” he explained.
“We have brought back the fireworks this year on the basis of a reasonable admission charge and have now sold out the 30,000 tickets.
“Most but not all of the park will be closed on Saturday for less than 12 hours.
“We believe that on this basis, we will be able to put on a popular and well run display which the vast majority of people will welcome.”