Fireworks spectacular marks end of Sunderland Illuminations

The night sky was awash with colour over Sunderland seafront as a spectacular firework display marked the end of the city’s illuminations.

Thousands of people braved the cold winter air to head to Cliffe Park to be part of the occasion.

Sunderland firework display

Sunderland firework display

Spectators of all ages were left mesmerised by the bursts of colour which lit up the darkness over Roker beach.

Ahead of the main event a number of fairground attractions kept youngsters entertained.

The firework display not only marked the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations but also signalled the end of Sunderland illuminations which ran from St Peter’s Church along the newly regenerated seafront.

The attraction, which featured a number of Disney characters, opened to the public on October 5.

Crowds gather for the firework display

Crowds gather for the firework display

It also saw the return of the popular illuminated observation wheel.

Simon McCullow, travelled from Yarm with his wife Amy, daughter Evie, seven and son Ted, three.

It was the first time the family had visited the illuminations.

He said: “This is the first time we have come through for the illuminations. It’s something we’ve wanted to do but never got round to doing it. 
“I think the whole thing is great. We have travelled from Yarm to come and see the display. 
“Ted wasn’t too keen on the fireworks but it’s a great thing what they have done.”

Thousands of people gathered at the seafront for the firework display

Thousands of people gathered at the seafront for the firework display

Daniel Spalding was at the event with girlfriend Melanie Coxon and her son Evan Coxon, three. 
The couple had come to Sunderland from Peterlee to see the firework display and to visit the illuminations before they closed.

He said: “It’s the first time I’ve been, it’s great, especially for the little ones. 
“Evan was a bit scared when the fireworks started at first, but by the end of it, he was loving it.”

Youngsters enjoyed all the fun of the fair at the firework display

Youngsters enjoyed all the fun of the fair at the firework display