A photographer has hit new heights after capturing a favourite seaside spot lit up in all its glory.
Paul Watson snapped Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields and its surrounding coastline and parks while the seafront hosted the town’s firework display.
The stills taken from the drone footage have already proved to be a hit online, having been shared more than 1,000 times via Facebook, and now the video can be seen on the Gazette’s site.
The 25-year-old has added the footage to his collection of South Tyneside locations, which include Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Grotto, as well iconic scenes from across the region, such as the Angel of the North and the Bowes Museum.
He has been stunned by the response to the scenes taken from Sunday’s display, which were filmed with his DJI Phantom 2 Plus drone.
Paul, who runs his own photography firm, said: “I just fancied trying it and thought it would make an intriguing way to look at the fireworks.
I just fancied trying it and thought it would make an intriguing way to look at the fireworks.Photographer Paul Watson
“It seemed to go really well and I couldn’t believe how many people liked it.
“It’s already been shared 1,000 times, but then it’s been shared again, so more people will have seen it.
“People really seem to like it. They’ve been saying ‘wow’
“The conditions were great and it was brilliant weather for it.
“It wasn’t windy or raining, which would have meant I couldn’t fly it, it was perfect conditions for it.
“It makes an interesting photo and it’s fun to see it from a different angle, which people like.”
Paul, who lives in Bishop Auckland, is a regular visitor to South Shields, as his dad Alan, 54, is the general manager of the Sea Hotel in the town.
The fireworks show was put on as a partnership between the fairground and South Tyneside Council.
More of Paul’s work can be seen via his website, www.photographybypaulwatson.co.uk.