Southend BID’s firework spectaculars set to light up seafront again

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The night skies over Southend seafront will again be illuminated in dramatic fashion this autumn when the annual free firework displays return on Saturday October 5.

After the opening event, the series of spectaculars – hosted by Southend Business Improvement District (BID) – will run every Saturday evening from 7.30pm until November 16, when they provide the explosive finale for the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Each display is a dazzling mix of riotous technicolour and noise, created by more than 1,700 fireworks each night.

The free pyrotechnic displays attract thousands of visitors each year, bringing a welcome boost to the seafront and town centre’s night time economy.

Suzanne Gloyne, Manager of Southend BID said: “The sheer size and scale of the firework spectaculars and the unique setting of the seafront, make them a huge draw for visitors.”

The seafront fireworks began in 1996, with BID taking over responsibility from Southend Borough Council in 2013. Since then, they have become must-see events, due to the hundreds upon hundreds of aerial shells, multi-shot barrages, mines and large-calibre Roman candles being set off from barges moored 400 metres from the shore in the Thames Estuary.

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