Skies in Norwich and King’s Lynn illuminated by vibrant fireworks displays

Big Boom fireworks display at Norwich Castle from City Hall. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Big Boom fireworks display at Norwich Castle from City Hall. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Mark Bullimore/Mark Bullimore Photography

Thousands of people wrapped up and watched skies above Norfolk erupt into colour at fireworks displays.

About 10,000 people turned out for the popular Fawkes in the Walks event in King's Lynn on Friday night, which involved funfair rides, stalls and live entertainment.

Now in its eighth year, it has become a highlight in the town's winter calendar.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Councillor, said it had been the 'best year yet'.

'It was absolutely fantastic,' she said. 'The weather was perfect and I think we had about 10,000 people.

Fawkes in the Walks 2016 - Fireworks light up the sky above the Red Mount in King's Lynn for this ye

Fawkes in the Walks 2016 - Fireworks light up the sky above the Red Mount in King's Lynn for this years display. Picture: Matthew Usher Photography.


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'Thanks go to the uniformed services at the college, the police and police cadets - it was a very safe and secure evening for everyone and they all had good fun.'

Meanwhile, flashes of green, red, gold and purple darted across Norwich's skies, as the annual Big Boom event kicked off.

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Set against the backdrop of Norwich Castle, thousands of people crammed into the city and jostled for the best view of the show, with roads closed and streets lined.

The event has grown in popularity since it was launched in 2013, replacing the Sparks in the Park at Earlham Park.

Fawkes in the Walks 2016 - Fireworks light up the sky above the Red Mount in King's Lynn for this ye

Fawkes in the Walks 2016 - Fireworks light up the sky above the Red Mount in King's Lynn for this years display. Picture: Matthew Usher Photography.

One of last night's spectators was six-year-old Grace Hanner, who came with mum Joanne and dad Carl.

She said: 'The fireworks made me jump at the start but then I really liked them.

'The ones at the end were the best, I liked the colourful red and green ones.'

Mrs Hanner said the family had visited other displays around Norwich, but preferred coming into the city centre to soak up the lively atmosphere.

After the display ended, many of the crowds headed to nearby bars and restaurants.

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