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County celebrates Halloween and Bonfire Night with a bang

Halloween went with a bang as fireworks lit up the sky across the county.

County celebrates Halloween and Bonfire Night with a bang

November 5 may still be days away, but in Ironbridge, Oswestry and Shrewsbury this weekend the fireworks came out early to celebrate on both bonfire night and the ghoulish October 31 itself.

At Shrewsbury's West Mid Showground about 5,000 people turned out for an evening of live music and entertainment on Saturday, capped off with a huge pyrotechnic display.

Showground manager Ian Bebbington said: "It was fantastic, we were blessed with perfect weather, no wind and clear skies."

Meanwhile, in Oswestry, hundreds descended on Brongyntyn Park for the town's annual bonfire and fireworks display, which has raised more than £40,000 for good causes over the last two decades.

At Blists Hill Victorian Town, between Ironbridge and Madeley, visitors dressed up in spooky style for the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween event which saw the streets, shops and houses of the town transformed and filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters – and the day was once again capped off with a firework display in front of the old Brick and Tile Works, along with other pyrotechnic displays around the town.

Blists Hill will be holding a separate fireworks night on November 7.

Firework displays on November 5 include at Longden Village Hall, near Shrewsbury; Dearnford Lake, near Whitchurch; Hodnet Primary School, near Market Drayton; Oakmeadow School, Bayston Hill; and Church Stretton and District Club, Church Stretton.

There will be a display at Newport Rugby Club on November 6 and at Bridgnorth Rugby Club and Wellington Cricket Club on November 7. Donnington Bonfire in Telford is on November 14.

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