Sheffield’s skies exploded into life last night as a huge fireworks festival of nearly 20 years made its return.
More than 17,000 people flocked to the spectacular event, which has earned a glowing reputation as one of the best displays in the Sheffield over the past 19 years.
Children and adults alike enjoyed fairground rides, scoffed bonfire food and revelled in live entertainment on the Heart FM stage at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl, in Darnall ahead of the main spectacle.
Despite the persistent drizzle, fans of all things fireworks were not put off as thousands enjoyed the occasion.
Nathan Sykes formerly from The Wanted added some celebrity sparkle to the occasion, belting out his chart hit ‘Kiss Me Quick’.
Becky Goodwin, aged 27, of Leppings Lane, Hillsborough, said: “I’ve come for the fireworks, they were so good.
“It’s always enjoyable and the atmosphere is fantastic.”
Competition winner, 11-year-old Mosborough Primary School pupil, Abigail Nadin, had the very important job of pushing the button to set the sky alight.
Her excited mum, Tracey Nadin, 35, of Carlton Close, Mosborough, Sheffield, said: “I couldn’t believe when I found out. I was at work at the time and I had a voicemail telling me the news. I couldn’t wait to tell Abigail!”
Cheryl Elderkin, 32, of Shoreham Street, Sheffield said: “It’s my first time to After Dark and I was very surprised just how good it was.
“I wasn’t expecting all the fairground rides as well.”