The free firework extravaganza, which lit up the sky above Tamworth on Saturday, proved to be the biggest and best yet, with a record crowd of 28,000 people flocking to the Castle Grounds to watch the display.
The crowd easily topped last year’s 20,000, packing into the Castle Grounds for more than two hours of family fun, including a funfair, fire jugglers, face painting, food stalls, family activities, workshops and a sparkler zone.
Specially created artworks on a fireworks theme by pupils from Amington, Ankermoor, Birds Bush, St Gabriel’s and Two Gates Primary Schools, working with the Community Café, were also displayed throughout the Castle Grounds.
The spectacular climax of the night was a 20-minute firework display set to music, which drew gasps of admiration from the crowd. The finale, set to the song Let It Go from Disney hit Frozen, saw thousands of people joining in and singing along.
The free firework event, organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s arts and events team, is now in its seventh year and continues to grow.
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, said, “This is the seventh year that we have staged the free fireworks display – and the feedback from the public is that this was the best yet.
“I am delighted that we are able to put in this wonderful family event and pleased that so many people from Tamworth and further afield came along and had such a good time.”
Clare O’Kane lives in London and comes to Tamworth every year especially to see the fireworks display. She said, “I thought this year’s display was marvellous. I brought my husband along for the first time, and we enjoyed it so much that we are planning to make it an annual event.”
Comments from delighted display goers shared on social media after the event included “Great display”; “We had a lovely time”; “Well done – it was fantastic”; “We had a fab time and the fireworks were amazing”.