THE weekend will be going off with a bang, as South Tyneside celebrates Bonfire Night early.
While November 5 falls on Tuesday, Cleadon and District Rotary Club will be hosting its firework display extravaganza at Oakleigh Gardens School in Sunniside Lane, from 5.30pm to 8.15pm tonight.
Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for under-14s.
A free fireworks display organised by South Tyneside Council and Ocean Beach Pleasure Park will also be held at South Shields seafront on Sunday, from 6.30pm to 9pm.
The main firework display on the seafront will start at 8pm, with a second display at 6.30pm.
Families are being urged by the police and fire service to attend organised displays as a safer alternative to setting off fireworks themselves.
Fire chiefs have also issued a warning over the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and are calling on young people in particular to take care.
Dave Jefferson, group manager at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Evidence shows that young people are the most likely to be injured in incidents involving fireworks and bonfires.
“We want to get the message across that fireworks and bonfires can be extremely dangerous and can have devastating consequences on not just those directly injured, but their families also.
“We want everyone to have fun without hurting themselves or others.
“We are advising people to attend a professional, organised display to make sure they have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night experience.”
Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant added: “We want people to have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night and are also encouraging people to attend organised fireworks displays.
“There will also be extra officers on patrol on Bonfire Night to reassure residents, to deal with any fireworks misuse and to prevent anti-social behaviour.”
Tyne and Wear Fire Service has issued the following advice for staying safe during Bonfire Night celebrations:
* Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire.
* Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks;.
* Always supervise children around fireworks.
* Never give sparklers to children under five.
* Keep pets indoors.