Crowds lined Weymouth Beach and Esplanade for a spectacular fireworks display to mark November 5.

Clear skies above the beach were the perfect backdrop for the display, as rockets whooshed and popped overhead.

The annual community event, which included a bonfire and fireworks, was organised by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Weymouth resident Shannon Neal, who attended with partner Daniel Beckett and daughter Amara-Rose, aged one-and-a-half, said: "We try and come down every year for Guy Fawkes and this year's fireworks were amazing as always.

"Amara-Rose absolutely loves them, she wasn't afraid by the noise at all."

The fireworks display followed a close-run competition to find the best Guy Fawkes, with some unusual entries this year.

The winners were nine-year old twins Jay and Lucas Samways from Wareham, who won family tickets to this year's Christmas pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion and a weekend at Littlesea Holiday Park.

Jay Samways said: "We'd like to say 'thank you' to Mrs Weld from Lulworth Estate because she donated items for our guy to wear."

Mum Sarah Woodall said: "We didn't think we'd make it down here in time but luckily we arrived right at the last minute, we're absolutely delighted to have won."

As part of their prize, the boys had the honour of lighting this year's bonfire, controlled remotely from a special compound at the edge of the beach.

Lucas Samways said: "I'm really excited that we won – the best bit is getting to light the bonfire."

The pair gathered around the red starter button, joined by Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Gill Taylor, and waited with baited breath while the cheering crowds counted down from zero.

Together they pressed the button, setting the fire ablaze with crackles of fireworks.

The silhouettes of the Guy Fawkes effigies were spookily highlighted in the flames.

Spectators gathered to watch as the flames knitted a plume of smoke into the air, mixing with the smells from candyfloss and hotdogs sellers on the Esplanade.

Across the beach, celebrations were in full swing, with families and friends gathered to wave sparklers and glowsticks.

Mary Jasmin and Jacob Rabani, aged nine and 12 from Weymouth, lit sparklers on the Esplanade.

Jacob Rabani said: "We live nearby and we came down to the beach to embrace the atmosphere even more."