BONFIRE night celebrations went off with a bang against the backdrop of the North Sea.
Seaham’s South Dock was used as the launch spot by the town council for the first time, with fireworks launched to the sound of orchestral versions of Queen’s pop hits to mark the Diamond Jubilee year.
Many of the town’s businesses, including the cafes on North Terrace, stayed open to make the most of the night-time trade and offer treats to families.
Entertainment included fire eaters, fairground rides and a Battle of the Bands competition run by Sun FM.
The firework display was then set off by Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Sue Morrison.
“It was fantastic and what a finale,” she said. It was lovely to see everyone out enjoying themselves.
“The best thing about it is it was free for everyone.”
The spectacular climax to the display captured the crowd’s imagination.
Michael Carr, 10, said: “It was really good, the end was definitely the best bit.”
His mam Joanna added: “It was great. I’ve been coming every year since he was only in a pram.”
Olive Fraser, who had walked to see the show from her home nearby, added: “It was brill, well worth coming out in the cold for.”
•Tonight sees displays elsewhere across Wearside and East Durham.
Ashbrooke Sports Ground’s display starts at 7.30pm, with gates open from 6pm.
Hetton Lyons Cricket Club opens at 6pm, for at 7pm.
Peterlee’s show, at the Helford Road sports ground, will be at 6.30pm.
Beamish Museum will host the event formerly held at Durham Police Headquarters in Durham, with visitors welcome from 6pm, bonfire to be lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm.