Bonfire night went off with a bang this year as thousands of people watched fantastic firework displays across the area.
About 2,000 people attended the Stamford Kiwanis Bonfire Spectacular at Stamford Welland Academy on Saturday.
Principal Anthony Partington lit the massive bonfire to start the event, which included a dizzying display of fireworks lasting for over 15 minutes.
Kiwanis president David Epps said: “This year was the best we’ve ever had and we’re delighted that the money raised will benefit local charities and good causes in Stamford.”
The guy, nicknamed Percy, was made by 1st Stamford Rainbows in Conduit Road and despite the heavy rain early on Saturday it didn’t prevent him from being consumed by the flames.
Mr Epps thanked all the organisations, which made the evening such a success.
He added: “It shows what a great community spirit we have here in Stamford. It won’t be long now before we take Santa round in December to visit all the children.
“The Kiwanis are looking forward to delighting all the boys and girls once again”.
Blackstones Sports and Social Club also held a display on Thursday last week.
Sylvia Garner, on behalf of the club’s committee, thanked everyone who turned out to the display “on such a miserable night”.
The event raised £530, which will be shared between the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Stamford mayor’s chosen charities.
Mrs Garner added: “Thank you to all the voluntary helpers for making it a successful night.”
The fireworks display hosted by The Lions Club of Rutland in Oakham was a similar success, thanks in part to the warm and dry, if a little breezy, weather.
Held for the second year at the Rutland Showground, more than 1,500 people turned up to see two displays from 1st Galaxy Fireworks, entitled “Reach for the Stars”, each accompanied by some stirring music.
The displays certainly lived up to their billing and the consensus of opinion was of a great display, and great value for money.
The rugby club bar and the Lions catering tent was kept at full stretch all evening serving up burgers, beer and hot-dogs, with soft drinks for all the many children of course.
Lions president Mike Cropper thanked everyone for attending the event, and made a particular point of thanking event sponsors, CS Ellis, Portess, Lands’ End, Tim Norton, Simmons Optometrists, Dentith and Dentith, Gates Nurseries, Mecc Alte, Rutland Plastics and RPC, for their ongoing support.
As usual proceeds will go to support people less fortunate, within the Rutland area.
Photos by Lee Hellwing, Rob Foulkes, Allan Gray and Steven Carr.