Early Bonfire Night fireworks announced for South Shields seafront

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.
South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

Council bosses in South Tyneside are looking for people to celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang.

The annual fireworks display in South Shields is taking place on the seafront on Sunday, November 1 – at the double.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

A ten-minute sparkling display will take place at 6.30pm, with the main event following at 8pm.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The annual fireworks display is always a fabulous night – so wrap up warm, come down to the seafront and enjoy the atmosphere as the sky is lit up.

“I am sure there will be a great crowd turning out to watch the displays that have been professionally organised and all those who attend will have a wonderful time.”

To keep Bonfire Night safe and enjoyable for the whole family, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched a safety campaign, which will include issuing advice and educating young people on dangers.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

Dave Jefferson, group manager for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Everyone knows that bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful.

“So we are encouraging people to stay safe and to attend a professional, organised display.

“A key part of our campaign is talking to young people, making them aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and advising them on how they can stay safe.

“Bonfire Night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services; we want people to enjoy themselves, to stay safe and ensure they don’t become a statistic.”

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.

The service will be visiting secondary schools across the region in the weeks leading up to November 5 to raise awareness surrounding the celebration.

Part of its work will be to show a DVD named Ryan’s Regret, which features the true story of a 15-year-old boy injured by an illegal firework.

The film, which runs for four minutes, shows Ryan telling in his own words how his injuries affected his life, and his family.

Coun Tom Wright, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority chairman, added: “The service works closely with the police, local authorities and other partners to help keep people safe, and we are calling on the public to take these safety messages on board to ensure they have an enjoyable Bonfire Night.

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014.  From left Kyra Nesbitt aged 2, sister Leah Nesbitt aged 4 and Charleigh Fenwick aged 4

South Shields Ocean Beach Pleasure Park annual firework display in 2014. From left Kyra Nesbitt aged 2, sister Leah Nesbitt aged 4 and Charleigh Fenwick aged 4

“The best way of having a safe and fun time is by attending an organised display.”

Safety tips issued by the service this year include always supervising children around fireworks, calling the emergency services to report illegal bonfires and keeping pets indoors during the celebrations.

For more information, visit www.twfire.gov.uk/bonfire. Anyone who has concerns recording disorder or anti-social behaviour should contact their local policing team on 101.