November. The month of wrapping up warm, waiting for Christmas and most importantly, watching fireworks.

On the 10th of November 2017, Ashington C of E Primary School in West Sussex held their own annual spectacular array of fireworks in about a 15-minute display full of whizzing, whirling and crackling lights in the sky.

The gates opened at 5:30pm where visitors were greeted with a friendly welcome and the delicious aroma of a BBQ lingering in the air. Some classrooms were open that were filled with parents and children sheltering from the cold. However, the cold didn’t stop a huge turn out of 100 plus people who were there to witness this spectacular display. The teacup ride and other various traditional children’s games kept excited kids busy on the lead up to the main event. Just after 7 o’clock the big box was pressed setting off the array of fireworks.

A local resident and visitor for the evenings event, Abby Flynn said, “Ashington fireworks were really good and the atmosphere was amazing. They really put on a great show. The fireworks were so colourful and beautiful.”

The fireworks were set up by 'Aurora Fireworks' who are a family-run business that was started in 1996 by Robert Byles. Aurora Fireworks are based locally and specialise in displays such as the one at Ashington C of E Primary School.

Overall, this annual display of fireworks is truly amazing and very worth the watch. Not only does the money raised that night help the local community but also the school.  The fabulous warm welcome and sense of togetherness at this event really makes you feel welcome, resulting in a very enjoyable evening.

Lucy Robinson - Steyning Grammar School