Bournemouth horses offered shelter for Bonfire Night

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Bournemouth horses offered shelter for Bonfire Night

A Bournemouth headmaster is arranging shelter for horses in the area, after concerned equine insurance policyholders protested against his school's Bonfire Night fireworks display.

The Bournemouth Echo reported that more than 80 people signed a petition against Castle Court School's plans to hold an event in its grounds on November 5th.

As a compromise, headmaster Richard Stevenson has now agreed to stage a smaller professional display at the school in Corfe Mullen, and has also offered to accommodate the animals for more than 24 hours.

Mr Stevenson explained that the display, which will last no more than 15 minutes and create a "minimum amount" of noise, is part of a family-friendly charitable event.

He added: "We are keen to cooperate with our neighbours and have therefore factored comments about last year into the planning."

Wendy Little, who has five horses in a field in nearby Knoll Lane, said that the animals were "frightened to death" by the event last year.

The RSPCA advises equine insurance policyholders to stable their animals while fireworks are being set off, but attempt to maintain a normal routine in order to keep them calm.

October 28th 2010

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