Who’d have thought there’d be so many smiles when the fireworks went to the dogs?
Dark skies above Owlerton Stadium came alive with colour as Sheffield played host to some early bonfire night celebrations.
Dazzling fountains of green, red, purple and gold fizzed and sparked above a crowd of 1,200 people who gathered to enjoy a display after an evening of dog racing.
The stadium was transformed into a fairground-style theatre of fun with children’s entertainers juggling, stilt-walking and balloon-modelling.
John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: “It’s a great night for us because we get families coming together to enjoy the racing and staying for the fireworks.”
It might be the most dreaded time of the year for man’s best friend, but staff at Owlerton ensured the pooches were out of earshot before pressing on with their 7th annual firework spectacular.
And the greyhounds who live near to the track were tucked away in rooms with double glazing, curtains and soothing music to keep them happy.
There were ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ galore as the display, which was mastered by professionals from Fuse Fireworks, began with some low key explosions set to music against the black of the sky.
As minutes passed they became bigger and better, warming the faces of the chilly spectators.
John added: “They always do a fantastic job, they’re very professional and there are some really beautiful colours. It all built up to the grand finale.”
Mum-of-two Helen Rigg, aged 32, of Chapeltown, took her family along.
She said: “We came last year and really enjoyed it. The kids have been watching the races with us and enjoying themselves.”
Mark Howard, 26, of Parson Cross said: “I’m a big fan of bonfire night so any excuse to celebrate it early!”