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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.

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