HUNDREDS of South Tynesiders celebrated an early Bonfire Night with a bang as a fantastic firework display lit up the night sky.
Families gathered at South Shields seafront last night for two sparkling pyrotechnic displays.
The annual bonfire bonanza – organised by South Tyneside Council and Ocean Beach Pleasure Park – proved a huge hit with all ages.
Crowds crammed onto the seafront, with many taking high vantage points on the beach to see a dark night bathed in multi-coloured light.
Laura Henderson, 31, from South Shields, attended the free extravaganza with her children Millie, seven, and Reuben, four, and pal Rachael Heads, who took along her eight-year-old daughter, Phoebe.
Laura said: “The display was very good. The children all really enjoyed it.
“We come along every year and it was very busy. There was a very good turn-out.”
The evening was extra-special for little Summer-Rose Waite, who went along to the display with mum and dad Martin and Chloe Waite, both 26, and gran Jean Allen, 50.
It was the four-year-old’s first time using a sparkler – a cherished memory for the family, who hail from Hebburn.
Mr Waite said: “It’s been a really good evening.
“It was the first time Summer-Rose has used a sparkler.
“It’s been very busy and it has been a great atmosphere.”
The impressive show was the thrilling finale to a hat-trick of firework displays in the borough over the weekend.
Westoe Rugby Club hosted its annual firework display to kick off the celebrations on Friday night.
The event – which also featured fire dancers, fairground attractions and face painting – is an annual fundraiser for the Dean Road club.
Cleadon and District Rotary Club also hosted its yearly firework display at Oakleigh Gardens School.