VIDEO: Seafront fireworks display thrills crowds

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.

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT ... crowds enjoy the seafront firework display.

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT ... crowds enjoy the seafront firework display.

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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