A POPULAR fireworks extravaganza launched into the skies above Colchester last night, attracting thousands of spectators and families.

The Castle Park Fireworks Display returned to the town centre following the cancellation of last year’s 50th anniversary event.

The sold-out spectacle was organised by fundraising group King Coel’s Kittens which was formed in 1962 to initially raise cash to support people with special needs.

Following an hour of entertainment, including a mind-bending performance from magician Michael J Fitch, The Guy Parade made its way through the park.

Chelmsford Weekly News:

Guests of all ages then gazed into a crackling bonfire before marvelling skywards at the exploding rockets of colour which sliced through the darkness.

In a statement published on social media the event’s organisers said: “Thank you to everyone who came to the fireworks - hope you enjoyed the evening.

“All profits from the display go to local good causes.

Chelmsford Weekly News:

“Thank you to Michael J Fitch The Magician and all the ‘kittens’ and helpers.

“See you again next year. Remember to book your tickets early as we do sell out.”

ALL PICTURES: Steve Brading

Pick up a copy of Monday's Daily Gazette to see our three-page picture special of The Castle Park Fireworks Display.