Firework spectacle lights up Halton
FIREWORKS filled the skies once again over the River Mersey on Monday for Widnes and Runcorn’s annual Halton pyrotechnics spectacular.
Crowds descended on Mersey Road and Wigg Island in Runcorn and to Victoria Promenade in West Bank, Widnes, for the display which this year welcomed the return of fireworks supplied by Pains – the company that stunned onlookers with its show for the opening of Mersey Gateway bridge last October.
The firm also has historic pedigree dating back hundreds of years, as its founders were reputed to have supplied Guy Fawkes with the gunpowder for his infamous plot. ●
At The Brindley in Runcorn, families had the option of Bonfire Night party fun with music, face-painting, balloon modelling and special guests from this year’s Halton panto Rebecca Lake, Andrew Curphey and former Sugababe Amelle Berrabah.
Entertainments began at around 6.30pm.
Organisers Halton Borough Council said thousands of spectators including from around the North West were expected to descend on the area for the annual show, which takes place in the natural amphitheatre of the Mersey Estuary and can lead to stunning lighting effects courtesy of the reflections from the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.
The fireworks display lasted around 15 minutes and culminated a huge chandelier-effect cloud of white sparkles.
Biggest and brightest: one goes off over the Silver Jubilee Bridge
More of the fireworks are shown left and right