Chance to start Hartlepool’s fireworks

Pupils are being given the chance to get this year’s fireworks display off with a bang.

Hartlepool primary school children are invited to put their drawing skills to the test in a competition to start this year’s event.

The Hartlepool Fireworks and Music Spectacular is on Thursday, November 5, at its usual venue of Seaton Carew seafront near the bus station and clock tower.

It will start at 4pm with children’s fairground rides then live entertainment, followed by the colourful illuminations themselves at 6.30pm.

The event is organised by Hartlepool Council and will once again be sponsored by local firm Niramax Total Waste Solutions.

Coun Kevin Cranney, Chairman of the Council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee, said: “This year’s fireworks are on the theme of ‘pirates’, and what better way to start the display than with the thunder of a cannon!

“We’re giving one lucky Hartlepool youngster the chance to come up on the stage to press the button to fire the cannon and start the display.

“To be in with a chance, we’re asking Hartlepool children aged four to 11 to draw a pirate of their own design and give him or her a name.”

Pictures should be sent to: Pirate Competition, Hartlepool Council, Sir William Gray House, Clarence Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BT or scanned and emailed to

Entries must include the full name and age of the child, along with a contact telephone number and address.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 25, and the winner will be announced soon after that.