A pirate-themed night of fun is to be held on Bonfire Night next week.
The Hartlepool Fireworks and Music Spectacular, which is held on Seaton Carew seafront every year near the bus station and clock tower, will take place on Thursday.
We’re all set for a swashbuckling fireworks display and a great free night out for all the familyCoun Kevin Cranney
The event will begin at 4pm with a children’s funfair near the paddling pool.
Band Red Dreams will perform at 5pm, followed by singer Kim Blair, whose credits include performing alongside American group Paramore.
The fireworks start at 6.30pm, when nine-year-old Ryan Duong will fire a pirate cannon to start the display.
The Eldon Grove Academy pupil won the chance to do so after his drawing of a pirate called Captain Flintock was picked from more than 250 entries in a competition set up by Hartlepool Council, which has organised the event.
Ryan, who has also won a pirate-themed goody bag, said: “I was really gobsmacked when I was told I had won, and then really happy that I would be pressing the button.”
Coun Kevin Cranney, the chairman of the council’s regeneration services policy committee, will join Ryan as he starts the fireworks.
He said: “Well done Ryan on a terrific drawing, and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition.
“We’re all set for a swashbuckling fireworks display and a great free night out for all the family.”
A park and ride bus service will operate from the bus stop in front of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, in Marina Way, every 15 minutes from 5pm to 6pm, with buses returning from Seaton between 7pm and 8pm, in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
Return fares will be £1.50 for adults, 50p for children or £3 for a family ticket of two adults and two children.
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 to 7.15pm, and vehicles parked along that stretch will not be allowed to move until the road has been re-opened.
Vehicles will also not be permitted to turn onto Station Lane from The Front after the event, which is sponsored by Niramax Total Waste Solutions.
The compere for the entertainment will be BBC Tees presenter Amy Oakden.