SLIDESHOW: A real touch of sparkle

BEAMING families wrapped up warm to enjoy dazzling displays as part of Bonfire Night celebrations.

Firework displays were laid on in Hartlepool and East Durham to mark Guy Fawkes’ Night.

Youngsters enjoying last night's fireworks display at Hartlepool Old Boys' Rugby Club

Youngsters enjoying last night's fireworks display at Hartlepool Old Boys' Rugby Club

Hartlepool Old Boys’ Rugby Football Club, in Easington Road, laid on a host of fun attractions alongside its bumper display of fireworks.

There were side shows and rides, an ice cream van and traditional snacks including burgers and hot dogs sold from the club after doors opened at 6pm.

At 7.30pm, the sky above the Mayfield Park rugby ground was lit up with a spectacular show of colour, much to the delight of the crowds.

The event has been held at the ground for around 20 years.

John Bradley, assistant bar manager at the club, said: “It’s always a good night, people come to have a bite to eat and see the fireworks and kids have a go on the roundabouts and other rides.
“It’s a proper community event and gets the families in.” Meanwhile, Peterlee Town Council’s official fireworks display was held at its Helford Road Pavilion.

There was children’s entertainment from 5.30pm, including Crazy Kev the Magician, balloon-modelling, face-painting and food and refreshments on sale.

This year’s fireworks display lasted around 20 minutes and had a James Bond theme, complete with soundtrack, to coincide with the new Skyfall film.

The event was also attended by Peterlee Mayor, Councillor Bob Kyle.

Show co-ordinator Janet Hugill said: “It was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the younger ones.
“We normally get a couple of thousand people turning out to support the event.”

The two events followed Hartlepool Borough Council’s official firework display, which was held at Seaton Carew on Saturday night.

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