Bonfire night treats and thrills across north Norfolk

Walcott fireworks. Picture by Paul Damen

Walcott fireworks. Picture by Paul Damen - Credit: Archant

The skies were lit up as a host of fireworks displays helped ensure Bonfire Night went with a bang.

The Lighthouse Inn in Walcott hosted its an annual fireworks display, which is one of the biggest in north Norfolk. Friday night's extravaganza was based around the Battle of Britain, with two displays and fireworks exploding in a sea of red, blue and white from a behind a backdrop of London's famous buildings.

Landlord Steve Bullimore, said they had around 2,000 people attend the show, which cost £17,000 to put on.

He added: 'I think it is nice things to do for the area.'

He also offered his thanks to all his staff who had helped and Joyce Bush and The Rookery and Barrington Farm for the use of their fields for car parking. He also thanked farmers Thomas and William Love who helped put sand down after the display because of the wet conditions.

On Saturday on Corpusty village green there was a procession followed by fireworks and a bonfire as well as food and refreshments to keep the crowds entertained. Funds were raised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and a range of local groups.

Ciaran Chapman, who helped organise the event at Corpusty, said: 'It went really well. We had about 3,000 people come. I have been involved with it since my mid-teens.'

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Silver stars and plumes of coloured smoke lit up the sky over Roughton, near Cromer, on Friday evening , as a traditional Bonfire Night event organised by the village primary school's Friends group came to a close with a spectacular firework display.

Held on St Mary's Primary School field, the event was organised by a team of Friends group members, with other parents and local people helping out by putting up gazebos and safety fencing and serving up hot dogs, burgers and jacket potatoes.

Friends group secretary Joanne Fenner, who manned the gate, said the event raised £459.

Proceeds will go to Friends projects including a two-year scheme to replace ten wooden picnic benches with modern, recycled plastic seating.

The group has so far bought five of the £500 benches, which are used as lunchtime seating for pupils and youngsters at the school's on-site playgroup, Roughton Under Fives.

Funds raised by the Friends have also paid for bus hire for school trips and for Christmas presents handed out by Santa to every pupil, with committee members also co-ordinating a successful bid for a £400 grant for new IT equipment and cameras.

Friends secretary Joanne thanked all those who helped make the firework event a success, including parents, Friends members and Morrisons supermarket, Cromer, which donated £10-worth of barbecue food.

'We were very pleased as we raised double last year's total,' Mrs Fenner said. 'It was a family-friendly event for the community and for the school and, as with everything we do, I think everyone was really keen to do whatever they could to help.'