YORK will remember, remember the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot with a host of city centre events on November 5 - culminating in a major public fireworks display.

But the rockets and mortars' launch site was today being kept a closely-guarded secret... worthy perhaps of York-born Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators.

City of York Council said the fireworks would be an aerial display designed to be seen right across the city and not from the launch site, as with more traditional displays.

"They will be very visual in an aerial way. It's a skyline thing," said a spokeswoman.

"If we come out and say this is where the launch site is, we're bit worried that everybody will go along, and because of the way they are designed, people won't see much.

"You can see it in your own gardens, or go to a nice vantage point in the city centre and you will be fine."

Public fireworks displays staged at Clifford's Tower became hugely popular in the 1990s with huge crowds gathering below, but they were abandoned amid growing concerns about public safety and the costs to the taxpayer.

The council spokeswoman said that this year's display, due to be staged in the early evening, would be the culmination of a programme of city centre entertainment aimed at all the family, including fire juggling and a "symphony of bells" - a specially composed musical piece by Llorenc Barber.

November 5 will be the culmination of a full programme of events - Guy Fawkes 400, promoted by the city's cultural group York at Large and the First Stop York Tourism Partnership.

The Guy Fawkes activities are set to give a fillip to York's tourism industry, with York Tourism Bureau saying it is getting inquiries from all over the country.

Updated: 09:41 Wednesday, October 05, 2005