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Thousands gather for dazzling firework show

PUBLISHED: 10:33 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 09 November 2016

Fireworks on Wanstead Flats

Fireworks on Wanstead Flats

Andrew Baker

Record crowds of more than 35,000 people braved the cold to watch this year’s Guy Fawkes night fireworks display.

Fireworks on Wanstead FlatsFireworks on Wanstead Flats

The free event, held on Wanstead Flats, saw more than 25,000 residents wrapped up in their winter woolies visiting the site and 
enjoying the spectacular fireworks show.

Another 10,000 people filled the nearby streets and marvelled at the dazzling pyrotechnic display from outside the Forest Gate ground.

And this year’s display did not fail to impress, being set to a movie-themed soundtrack.

The Newham Council-organised display saw suitably dramatic fireworks choreographed to famous movie music, including tracks from ET, Star Wars and Ghostbusters.

Newham Council's fireworks display at Wanstead FlatsNewham Council's fireworks display at Wanstead Flats

At the end of the evening, the hugely popular song Let It Go, 
from much-loved children’s film Frozen, formed the soundtrack to a finale which delighted the thousands of locals, both young and old.

During the finale, gold and silver bouquets of fireworks filled and illuminated the night sky, mesmerising the onlookers below as part of a show which lasted just over 20 minutes.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I was happy to see record crowds of people attending this year’s Guy Fawkes event.

“This event grows in popularity every year.

Fireworks on Wanstead FlatsFireworks on Wanstead Flats

“The impressive and stunning display could be seen for miles, exciting all those who came along to enjoy it.

“I am very proud to offer this special evening to our residents free of charge.

“It was great to see so many families, coming along to the Flats and enjoying themselves.”

Newham Council's fireworks display at Wanstead FlatsNewham Council's fireworks display at Wanstead Flats


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