Lighting up the coast for thousands of people

'Spark!' at the Shimmer event in Whitley Bay. Picture by George Bosnyak.
'Spark!' at the Shimmer event in Whitley Bay. Picture by George Bosnyak.

Thousands of people descended on Whitley Bay’s coastline for a lights and firework spectacular.

The popular digital arts festival Shimmer returned over last weekend, while thousands were entertained by North Tyneside Council’s annual firework display on Sunday night on The Links.

Shimmer, organised by the council and supported by Arts Council England, bathed the coast in waves of light with all manner of fascinating arts installations.

One of the highlights was the return of visually stunning street theatre show Spark! which proved a hit with audiences at last year’s event.

Other attractions included Piccolo Cinema, a sci-fi fantasy starring Spanish City and Whitley Bay; Beach Huts where the audience got to choose the colour; zoetropes, drums containing a series of images that came to life when spun; and Spanish Arcade, a beautiful and magical fairground-like attraction.

The Spanish City Dome was lit for the weekend and opened to the public once again to feature the Tunnel of Love – a nostalgic look back at the old Spanish City and ‘Flash Fog’ where the audience could create fog on demand.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I would like to thank the thousands of people that attended for coming along with friends and family to enjoy the entertainment.

“We have great events in the borough year-round and I know there’s much more to come especially in the run-up to Christmas.”