Slideshow: Harrogate celebrates Bonfire Night

Thousands braved stormy weather on Saturday night to enjoy Harrogate’s bonfire and fireworks extravaganza on the Stray.

Lightning and rain set in across the town at 5pm, and families were forced to wrap up to deal with single figure temperatures on the night.

Harrogate bonfire. (1311024AM1)

Harrogate bonfire. (1311024AM1)

The Harrogate Round Table-organised event raised over £4,700 for charities St Michael’s Hospice and the Harrogate branches of Epilepsy Action and Lifeline.

Rob Swales of Round Table said: “It was a very successful event despite the weather, and we would like to thank everyone who came out.

“We raised £4,700 and, despite the weather, we are really proud and pleased.

“We thank the people of Harrogate for turning out to support the event.”

It is understood the weather took its toll on attendance at the event, with total numbers unclear.

People attending the event took to social networking site Twitter.

@Kooky_Koala83 posted: “We braved the #harrogate bonfire and it was awesome, even in the hail! Not sure if we are #hardy or #stupid but it was worth it!”

@liamscottwy wrote: “So it rained a bit for the #Harrogate Stray Bonfire... Still thousands of people turned out! Gotta love #Harrogate.”

@two4theroad wrote: “Well despite gales, rain & a bit of hail we managed to brave the fantastic Harrogate fireworks for Bonfire Night once more. Love it!”

@phonicshelp posted: “Soaked through but had a fantastic time at Harrogate Bonfire ...fireworks were fantastic.”

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