EYES were on the skies as firework nights drew in crowds of thousands across Wearside and East Durham.
Displays at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland, one hosted at Town End Academy in Town End Farm and another at Peterlee Pavilion were among those which delighted families last night.
Around 4,000 people attended Ashbrooke’s evening, which has been held for around 20 years after it was first launched by its rugby side and now run by its club volunteers, who have been specially trained to ensure the night passed safely.
Money raised from the night is pumped back into its sports, with the celebration one of its two main fund-raisers alongside its beer festival.
Food stalls and fairground rides were also set up for the night.
At Town End Farm, the estate’s residents’ association worked alongside the school to host the event, which was sponsored by Gentoo and Manor House and Peter Dodds Funeral Directors.
Peterlee’s show, put together by the town council at the Helford Road sports ground, featured a children’s entertainer as a warm- up to the display.