BUMPER crowds gathered along Weymouth seafront to watch the firework display as part of Bonfire Night celebrations.

Hundreds, if not more, gathered to watch the dazzling display of fireworks; in addition to a large bonfire on the beach, funfair rides and numerous stalls along the promenade.

Over the tannoy it was announced that it was one of the biggest, if not biggest, attended displays over the many years it has been running.

Just after 6.30pm the traditional children’s Guy Fawkes competition got under way near the Weymouth Pavilion.

Around 7.40pm the bonfire was set ablaze before the fireworks began at 8pm for a stunning display.

Fireworks on the night were provided from Pains Fireworks and launched from aboard HM Denham, which was located in Weymouth Bay.

Cllr Colin Huckle, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, said: “Weymouth’s Guy Fawkes event is always a great spectacle and very popular, creating a wonderful atmosphere on Weymouth’s seafront. Each year many thousands of people visit the town to enjoy and share one of our great local annual events in a fun and safe environment.

Dorset Echo: Weymouth firework display. Picture: Sam Greasley-Machin

“Weymouth Town Council is glad to be able to hold this event this year, after unfortunately having to cancel last year’s event due to the pandemic. I would like to thank council staff for the work that’s required to put on an event of this scale, and I very much look forward to seeing people there on the night.”

People attending the event were asked to leave their cars at home and use public transport or consider walking to Weymouth town centre - as many did with the streets full of people making their way down to the beach prior and after the fireworks displays.