Bonfire fun goes off with a bang

Wilberfoss bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday
Wilberfoss bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday

Bonfires and fireworks lit up the skies across the region at the weekend.

The first bonfire and fireworks display in Pocklington for 17 years was held on Sunday.

Organised by the town council, the event has received mixed feedback from local residents after fireworks were set off about half an hour earlier than planned.

Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Ann Cox, said: “I thought it was brilliant. There was a lot of people who thought it was brilliant and a lot of people complaining about fireworks been set off early.

“The reason we set them off early is because it was packed and we thought everybody was nearly there. Little kids were getting tired and taking some controlling so we let them off.

“In hindsight we should have waited. It’s the first bonfire we’ve had in 17 years. Next year, if it goes ahead, we will do better.”

More than 800 people gathered on Pocklington’s West Green for the event.

On Saturday, Wilberfoss held its annual fireworks display and funfair at the village’s Sports and Social Club, which attracted about 300 revellers.

Paul Gibney, from the Wilberfoss, Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association, which organised the event, said: “Everything went as planned

“The funfair is a good event for the whole family, it caters for little kids to teenagers.”

Fireworks also illuminated the skies above Dunnington on Saturday.

About 1,500 people flocked to the village’s bonfire and fireworks display, held on a field off East Field Lane. The event was organised by the Dunnington Fayre committee.

Jenny Lewis, a member of the committee, said: “It went really good.

“We were fundraising for the fayre.”

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