THE skies will be filled with colour this weekend when a series of Bonfire Night displays are held.
This year’s Hartlepool spectacular will have a Harry Potter theme with pyrotechnics set to music from the blockbuster films.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s free event will take place on The Front, at Seaton Carew, on Saturday.
The fun starts at 4pm with a children’s funfair and stalls near the paddling pool and there will be live music near the Clock Tower from local talent organised by youth charity Red Dreams.
The fireworks start at 6.30pm, with the countdown led by Coun Carl Richardson, chairman of the council.
People have been warned not to try setting off their own fireworks on the beach and that there will be no public access to the sands south of the Station Lane slipway.
Sea defence work is also taking place on part of the prom so people are asked to take extra care.
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-7pm.
The Seaton coach park will not be open to vehicles at all during the day.
To help reduce traffic congestion, council-run shuttle buses will run from the bus stop in Marina Way, in front of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, between 5pm-6.15pm.
Buses will return from Seaton Carew between 7pm-7.30pm. Return fares will be £1 for adults, 50p for children or £2.50 for a family ticket.
Peterlee Town Council’s display will be held from 6pm on Saturday at the Helford Road playing fields.
But there will be no bonfire this year due to a new community football and rugby training area on the previous bonfire site at Helford Road.
More than 3,000 people are expected to attend and organisers are asking the public to give themselves plenty of time to arrive.
The evening will kick off at 5.30pm with two hours of entertainment including a children’s entertainer, Noo Noo the dragon, face-painters and a balloon-modeller in the family room at the Helford Road Pavilion.
There will also be refreshments on sale from 4.30pm-9pm.
Meanwhile, residents living in the Trimdons are invited along to a display being organised by Trimdon Foundry Parish Council.
It will take place on Sunday, from 5.30pm on the recreation area at the rear of Nattress Terrace, in Trimdon Station.