Sky’s the limit as Sheffield’s Bonfire Night spectacular heads for the record books

After Dark 2011 at the Don Valley Bowl...Ozzie Bean from Walkley
After Dark 2011 at the Don Valley Bowl...Ozzie Bean from Walkley

THE 15th After Dark bonfire and fireworks spectacular in Sheffield is shooting into the local record books.

More than 19,000 people went to the Don Valley Bowl in Attercliffe on Saturday night to see the £20,000 display accompanied by live music, a funfair, food stalls and an appearance by X Factor favourite Sophie Habibis.

Organiser Scott Barton, of Yellow Bus Events, said: “It looks like being the biggest turnout we have ever had. Considering the economy and the fact that Britney Spears was at the Arena next door, it was phenomenal. It went really well. There was a lovely atmosphere and no trouble.”

Rain in the morning gave way to fine weather on the night.

Scott believes the turnout may have been boosted by companies giving staff tickets as an alternative to paying for Christmas parties. “They are cutting back on Christmas dos and this offers a good night out at a cheaper price.”

For the Williams family from Halfway, it was the first time for youngest child Isabella. “You never know whether the really young kids are going to be a bit scared of it all but our daughter couldn’t take her eyes off the sky,” said dad Ian. “Our son Bailey loves fireworks and seeing such a big display was always going to be better than the back garden. The display didn’t seem quite as long as previous years but the finale was the best I’ve seen.”