In pictures: Ripon fireworks display at the racecourse

Pictured: Amy, Garon, Willow, and Villy Ross, with Isla, Lois, Scott and Kim Tiffney.

The leaflets and posters promised a great family event, and the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels certainly delivered that and more, with an unforgettable fireworks spectacular at the racecourse on Friday night.

Well before the bonfire had even been lit, groups of families and friends were eagerly filling out the racecourse and getting into the spirit of the event, lighting up the field with their sparklers and excitement.

Sam Pearson, Grace Haggar and Craig Haggar.

As the crowds poured in, Ripon Rotary Club member and a steward for the night, John Whelan, said: "They are streaming in, it looks like a great crowd tonight. The event is spectacular, it really draws people together."

Collecting at the gates for the Army Benevolent Fund, the Soldiers' Charity, Sgt David Thorpe of the 21 Engineer Regiment, said: "It's a very important event, it brings the community together and it's a good British tradition.

"It's also a chance to promote the charity and the work it does. People have been giving generously so far."

For so many of the Ripon residents attending the display, the event has become a city tradition for them that they look forward to every year. But for newcomers to Ripon, the night also made a big impression on them.

Bonfire lit at the Ripon display this year.

The Sloanes family have just moved to Ripon, and they were all out enjoying themselves.

Fiona Sloanes said: "It's so well-organised and safe for kids. We've just moved to Ripon and we like it, this is a nice community event."

Echoing Fiona's comments, Sam Pearson said: "It just feels so family-oriented."

Fireworks at Ripon Racecourse.

Fiona, Adrian, Phoebe, Zach, and Erin Sloanes.

Holly and Barney Craven.

Cassie Holliday and Connie Peat.

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