LCSD urges people to view bun scrambling orderly
The Bun Scrambling Competition, a traditional event which people have been waiting for after its suspension 26 years ago, will be revived at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau at midnight on May 16.
The event is jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee.
A series of measures have been worked out to ensure people can see the competition in an orderly manner.
It is anticipated there will be quite a number of people turning up in Cheung Chau to view the contest, so the Cheung Chau Sports Centre and Praya Street Sports Centre will also be open, with two screen walls measuring six metres by six metres and four metres by four metres respectively, to live broadcast the competition.
The soccer pitch can accommodate 1,000 people while the Cheung Chau Sports Centre and Praya Street Sports Centre can admit 1,000 and 100 spectators respectively.
Due to the limited space, an LCSD spokesman appealed people to pay attention to the special announcements on that day regarding the public transport arrangement and the condition of flow of people in Cheung Chau.
He urged that those people who wish to view the competition in Cheung Chau should be cooperative and follow the instructions given by the Police and working staff of the organisers. In order to see this traditional activity orderly, they should be patient in crowded places.
He said: ¡§The opening ceremony of the Bun Scrambling Competition will start at 11.30pm on May 15, while the competition will begin right after midnight.
¡§The soccer pitch will be divided into five zones, with one zone designated for the guests and the other four for the 1,000 spectators.
¡§People who wish to see the competition at the soccer pitch should queue at Pak She Second Lane. The Police will be there for crowd management. Admission will start at 10.30pm and people should have to enter the venue orderly in sequence from Zone One to Zone Four.
¡§Once the soccer pitch is full, the organisers and the Police will make public announcements and distribute admission tickets, as well as direct those people who are unable to enter the soccer pitch to the two sports centres.¡¨
Meanwhile, the Jade Channel of Television Broadcasting Limited, now BROADBAND TV and Cable TV News II will live broadcast the competition. Therefore, people may also enjoy the exciting event at home.
Notices will be put up at the ferry piers in Cheung Chau and Central, informing people the schedule of the events and the locations of the venues.
The spokesman noted that the Police will distribute number chips when too many people are queuing up outside the Pak She Second Lane. The 1,000 people will be allowed to enter the venue earlier when necessary to avoid from keep waiting too long.
He also pointed out that in view of many people dispersing after the event, the Transport Department (TD) has coordinated with the New World First Ferry to arrange additional ordinary ferry service at 1.15am which can take 1,200 passengers from Cheung Chau to Central. Extra ferry services will be arranged when necessary.
Moreover, the following overnight bus routes will be scheduled between 2am and 3am on May 16 via the ferry pier in Central:
- N8X (from Macau Ferry Terminal, Central to Siu Sai Wan)
- N182 (from Macau Ferry Terminal, Central to Kwong Yuen, Sha Tin)
- N619 (from Macau Ferry Terminal, Central to Shun Lee, Kwun Tong)
- N90 (from Macau Ferry Terminal, Central to South Horizons)
- 104R (from Central to Mong Kok)
The TD will closely monitor people¡¦s demand for public transport, and will keep close contact with the ferry and bus companies to make necessary transport arrangements.
The LCSD spokesman said the Home Affairs Department has coordinated with various government departments to prepare for any emergencies cases.
The Auxiliary Medical Service will standby at the soccer pitch and two sports centres for any emergency cases.
Ambulances of the Fire Services Department (FSD) will be stationed at the emergency exit of the soccer pitch. Coaches of the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union (HKMU) will immediately use the rescue ropes to evacuate any contestants of the Bun Scrambling Competition from the bun tower down to the ground when needed. After that, the FSD¡¦s ambulance men will use the stretchers to send the injured to the Cheung Chau Hospital for medical treatment.
Individual exits are found at each zone in the soccer pitch to facilitate emergency rescue.
The manpower of the hospital will be doubled and additional manpower of the Government Flying Service will be deployed at Chek Lap Kok for standby to provide necessary first aid service on board helicopters.
He added: ¡§In the event of Typhoon Signal Number Three or above or Black Rainstorm Warning hoisted three hours before the start of the contest at about 8.30pm, the contest will be cancelled. We will disseminate the messages to the public via the media.
¡§Advice will be sought from the HKMU if the contest should continue should there be inclement weather when the contest is in progress.¡¨
Ends/Saturday, May 14, 2005