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Fireworks provide a summer spectacular
SUMMER fireworks in Weymouth came to an explosive finale as more than 75,000 people flocked to the spectacular displays over the summer.
The free displays were held on Monday nights throughout August except for carnival week when they were held on carnival day.
An estimated 25,000 people packed the seafront on carnival night to watch the rockets light up the skies.
Steve Davies, who is events officer for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “The four displays brought more than 75,000 people to Weymouth esplanade in total, including crowds of 25,000 from Weymouth Carnival.
“The weather was so great that many afternoon crowds stayed until the evening, and it’s the first year in a long time we’ve had fantastic weather for all the displays.
“The bank holiday fireworks were a great finale and the next big seafront fireworks will be on November 5.”
Organised by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and presented by Pain’s Fireworks, the popular displays included an added bonus for four lucky Echo readers.
They each scooped £500 after answering a question in the Echo – in association with the council and Alexandra Gardens – and having their name drawn out of the hat.
Winners included holidaymaker Annette Gould, 38, and Hana Poulton of Portland.
Delighted Annette has been coming on holiday in Weymouth every year for over 30 years.
Hana, 22, won the fireworks cash prize after answering the name of the famous professor of Weymouth’s Punch and Judy show as Mark Poulton.
She said: “When I put my entry in I felt lucky as my name is the same as the answer to the firework question, although I’m no relation.”
“I look forward to putting the money towards a great holiday.”
There was an added treat alongside the firework display of August 12, as the Weymouth Sea Life Tower was transformed into a mix of Olympic ring colours of red, blue, gold and green to celebrate the first anniversary of the Olympic closing ceremony.
The International Space Station even passed over the bay as the fireworks rocketed into life.
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