Thousands expected at firework displays

A previous firework display at Whitley Bay. Picture by Gren Sowerby.
A previous firework display at Whitley Bay. Picture by Gren Sowerby.

Thousands of people are expected to help ensure firework displays go off with a bang.

Four organised displays have been arranged in North Tyneside to mark Bonfire Night.

Thousands are expected at the annual fireworks display on The Links, Whitley Bay, which will take place from 7pm on Sunday (November 1).

Fairground rides and hot food will be available from 6pm to 8pm.

Segedunum Roman Fort, in Wallsend, will hold its fireworks display on Thursday, November 5. Doors open at 4pm with the display from 6.30pm.

Blue Flames Sporting Club, in Whitley Road, Benton, will light up the sky on Thursday, November 5, with their display. Gates open at 5.30pm with the display from 7pm. Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

There will be food, refreshments, children’s rides, bouncy castle, stalls and music.

Tynemouth Cricket Club, in Preston Avenue, North Shields, will hold its annual fireworks display at the club on Saturday, November 7.

Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6pm, with the display from 7pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children, or £12 for a family ticket.

There will be a licensed bar, fairground attractions, refreshments, and a raffle.

Elsewhere, businesses are being warned not to sell fireworks without a valid licence.

In the run-up to Bonfire Night, officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have been visiting premises to ensure fireworks are stored legally and safely.

Area manager for community safety, Kevin Gardner, said: “Businesses intending to store and sell fireworks must ensure that their premises have a current explosives licence and that adequate fire safety provisions are in place to store fireworks safely.”

“In recent years we have seen an increase in fireworks being advertised and sold via social media without a licence or appropriate safe storage arrangements in place, putting members of the public at risk.

“The safety of the public is at the centre of everything we do, therefore I remind those businesses and the public that we will consider prosecuting anyone who sells and stores fireworks illegally.”

Further guidance and advice can be found at www.twfire.gov.uk/community-safety/business/fireworks-explosive-regulations/