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Heads were turned to the sky over the weekend as crowds flocked to fireworks displays across the area.

The fun began on Friday at Deepings Rugby Club in Linchfield Road, Deeping St James.

Lions Club of Rutland Fireworks Extravaganza - part of the display'Photo: MSMP031112-290js

Lions Club of Rutland Fireworks Extravaganza - part of the display'Photo: MSMP031112-290js

The club held its 25th annual display, bonfire and funfair, rising £250 for the Rotary Club of the Deepings and £300 for Lives first responders group.

Club chairman Mark Owen said: “It was a successful event all round. We had somewhere between 800 to 1,000 people turn out.

“It was massively supported by the people of the town and is just an example of the rugby club doing something good for the community. We are not just about rugby on a Saturday afternoon.”

Stamford Queen Eleanor School hosted the annual Stamford and District Kiwanis display on Saturday.

The event was a success on a clear night and a large crowd enjoyed the display.

Kiwani David Epps said: “Thanks to fine weather and the support of many volunteers, the event was best we have ever held in the twenty five years of running the display.

“As a result, thousands of pounds will be donated to local charities and good causes. Our thanks to all those who came. We hope they had an evening to remember.”

The Rutland Lions Club will held its 38th annual display at Oakham Rugby Club in Pillings Road on Saturday.

Hundreds turned up for the event, which included a quieter display for the youngsters followed by the grand finale.

And yesterday (Sunday) Baston hosted its annual fireworks spectacular on the Brudenell Playing Fields. More than 2,500 people turned out for the British theme display to follow this year’s successful jubilee and Olympic celebrations in the village.

The crowds were entertained by an eight minute childrens’ display and 15 minute full display to the music of Queen, costing £6,500.

Chairman of the Baston Firework Committee Tony Squires said: “It went fantastically well. We have had really positive feed back on our website and Facebook page.”

A final total is still being calculated however organisers expect the event has raised about £5,000 for village organisations including the cricket club and Brudenell Playing Field Management Committee.

For those who have not had their fill of fireworks, there are still plenty of displays to come.

Tonight (Monday) Blackstones Sport and Social Club will host a free display with barbecue and bonfire from 6pm. Collections will be taken for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The White Horse Inn in Morcott will hold a display from 6.30pm. Entrance is free with a donation to the air ambulance, and St Nicholas Primary School in Cottesmore will hold a display at the village hall and community centre in Main Street.

Gates open at 6pm and the night includes a small funfair, refreshments and a bar.

On Saturday Bourne Abbey Primary Academy will host a display and barbecue at the Manning Road playing fields on Saturday. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and fireworks will be set off from 7pm.

Entry for adults is £6, children are £3 and a family of two adults and two children is £14 (£12 in advance from Deb ‘n’ Hans in North Street).

And Barrowden Bonfire Committee will hold a display at Barrowden recreation ground that same day. Gates open at 6pm with fireworks at 7pm. Up to three additional children’s tickets can be bought with a family ticket for just £1.50.