Gamesley bonfire goes off with a bang

Gamesley Community bonfire.

Gamesley Community bonfire.

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Families wrapped up warm and braved the drizzle on Wednesday to enjoy High Peak’s first bonfire of the season, six days before Guy Fawkes night.

But despite the weather, spirits weren’t dampened as hundreds flocked to the annual community celebration, at Winster Mews, in Gamesley, for the fireworks, bonfire and traditional treats.

Residents at the free event, organised by High Peak Borough Council, huddled around the golden pyre, while children in woolly hats and mittens played with sparklers.

As the pyrotechnics whizzed, banged and popped in the sky overhead, the crowd cheered and clapped in response to the kaleidoscopic show.

With tired tots lifted onto shoulders, spectators munched on toffee apples, parkin and treacle toffee, homemade by community group G52 and sold from the Jericho Cafe.

Gamesley Cllr Anthony McKeown said: “It went really well. There were about 1,000 people there. I think we only had about 700 last year.”

He added he would like to thank all the marshalls and volunteers who helped organise and run the evening.