AN annual fireworks display which attracts thousands of families to the seafront has been shifted from its regular weekend slot to Bonfire Night.
The popular display at Seaton Carew traditionally takes place on a Saturday, but this year’s extravanganza will be held on Wednesday, November 5 as council chiefs felt the weekend would not have been close enough to Bonfire Night itself.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Fire and Ice’, with activities getting underway at 4pm with a funfair near to the paddling pool on Seaton front.
From 5pm musical entertainment will be provided by Red Dreams, and there will also be appearances from the Disney smash hit Frozen.
The fireworks start at 6.30pm, with the countdown led by the Deputy Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Coun Mary Fleet, together with her Consort, Coun Sheila Griffin.
In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion along Seaton front, a park and ride bus service will operate from the bus stop in front of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience in Marina Way from 5pm-6pm, with buses returning from Seaton between 7pm-8.10pm.
Return fares will be £1.50 for adults, 50p for children or £3 for a family ticket of two adults and two children.
The event, which is organised by Hartlepool Council and sponsored by Niramax Total Waste Solutions, will be compered by BBC Tees presenters Mike Parr and Paul Gough.
Coun Robbie Payne, chairman of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “Come and join us for a great free family night out with a wonderful atmosphere.
“A big ‘thank you’ to Niramax for its continued sponsorship, without which the Hartlepool Fireworks and Music Spectacular could not take place.”
Because of the popularity of the event, people are urged to get to the park and ride service early.
They are also reminded not to try setting off their own fireworks on the beach as it isn’t safe to do so.
For that reason there will be no public access to the beach south of the Station Lane junction.
The Front at Seaton Carew will be closed to traffic from the junction with Elizabeth Way to the junction with Station Lane from 6.15pm-7.15pm and vehicles parked along that stretch will not be permitted to move until the road has been re-opened.
Also, in order to ease congestion, vehicles will not be permitted to turn onto Station Lane from The Front after the event.