Video and Photo Gallery: Spectacular fireworks show at Lord Mayor’s Celebration in Norwich

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2013, the firework display from the castle brings Saturdays celebrations to

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2013, the firework display from the castle brings Saturdays celebrations to a close.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A spectacular fireworks show from the top of Norwich's centuries old castle brought Saturday's Lord Mayor Celebration to a fitting finale.

Children, making the most of a rare opportunity to stay up late, gazed up in delight as the explosions of colour lit up the city's darkened skies.

The spectacle started just after 10.30pm, with thousands craning their necks on Norwich's streets to watch rockets shoot into the sky.

People crowded into St Peter's Street, outside City Hall and streets around Castle Meadow for a view of the fireworks.

Some had even taken along collapsible chairs so they could be sure of a comfortable vantage point, while others simply sat on the ground and stared up.

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At one point during the show, which lasted for about 15 minutes, the front of the castle was transformed into a stunning shower of sparkles.

Red, green, orange and white patterns danced in the sky high above the castle and youngsters enjoyed hearing the loud bangs, especially as the show reached its climax.

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The show was put on by Pains Fireworks, which has roots stretching back to 15th Century East End London and prides itself on being the longest established fireworks company in the UK.

Shortly before the fireworks display, the winners of the 2013 Lord Mayor's Procession float competition were announced.

The winner was Tin House, ABC came second and Angel Road Schools took third spot.

The runners-up were Bignold Primary School, Future Projects, and Priscilla Bacon Centre.

• Make sure you get the Norwich Evening News on Monday, when we will have a 12-page picture special featuring all the fun of Norwich's Lord Mayor's Celebration. The Eastern Daily Press will also feature exclusive photographs of the celebrations.

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