It’s party time at After Dark

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THOUSANDS of families from all over the region have been snapping up tickets to the hottest party in town - this year’s After Dark bonfire celebrations.

The organisers have promised the event at Don Valleywill be the biggest and best yet and there are dozens of attractions as well as a big firework spectacular.

The highlight will be when X Factor star Sophie Habibis pushes the plunger to set off the £20,000 fireworks display - expected to be a spectacular 20 minute show.

And the fireworks won’t be the only fun on offer.

There will also be a funfair and food stalls aplenty.

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm with Sophie pushing the plunger at 8.45pm.

Organiser Scott Barton said: “Tickets are selling faster than ever.

“But we have managed to increase the event capacity in the last couple of years so we should be able to accommodate everybody.

“We have been listed in many of the top 10 guides and have been getting calls from far and wide.”

Tickets are £9 for adults and £4 for children under 14.

They are available, until 4 pm on the day when ticket prices rise to £10 for adults and £5 for kids.

Call 0114-2565656, buy online at www.arenaticketshop.co.uk/whats-on/after-dark-2011/ or in person at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, City Hall, USUS and Hallam Unions.

Tickets are also available on the night outside Ice Sheffield Arena.

If you can’t make the city’s biggest party why not check out its most rural?

Our Cow Molly Farm in Dungworth is hosting a family bonfire night from 2.30pm on Saturday.

There will be a chance to look around a fire engine and catch a ride too.

The bonfire will be lit at 4.30pm, there will be a barbecue serving Yorkshire Highland beef burgers, Bradfield Brewery will be providing the beer and there’s a chance to win a year’s supply of Our Molly ice cream in the best Guy Competition.

Entry is by ticket only, available from the farm from 11am until 6pm on Wednesday and Friday. All proceeds will go to the Help a Child Have a Chance charity.

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a reminder to partygoers to follow the Firework Safety Code:

Tips include only buying fireworks with a British Standard Mark, don’t drink alcohol if using fireworks, keep fireworks in a closed box, follow the instructions on each firework carefully and light them at arm’s length.