Thousands turn out to see Hackney Fireworks show


Thousands of residents had a blast on Saturday 5 November when they turned out to see Hackney’s fireworks display.

The spectacular 20-minute pyromusical in Clissold Park was met with whoops and applause by the crowds.

Alex Fish , 24, who lives near Clissold Park and her twin Kate who was visiting from Ireland said: “I would give the fireworks 10/10, it’s really exciting!”

As well as fireworks there was lots of other amazing animal themed performances to discover as visitors made their way around the specially illuminated park.

A giant blue whale lay beached in the park with a pirate on hand to help residents crawl inside, here visitors discovered a Mermaid guarding her treasure and singing a beautiful siren song.

As well as the whale there were lots of other creatures roaming about to keep crowds entertained, including a life sized giraffe controlled by stilt walkers, dancing butterflies and giant blue birds.

Local resident Susanna Holling, 7, who was especially wowed by the giant blue birds said: “It’s really really cool, my brother got to pet one of the birds on the head, it’s great here.”

A magician, the Human Volcano, delighted and terrified the crowds in equal measure as he performed a fire breathing routine, with flames shooting 10 feet into the air.

‘The Bear Necessities’ from the Jungle Book and Katie Perry’s hit ‘Roar’ were some of the songs accompanying the pyrotechnics which had been specially chosen to cause minimal stress to the park’s animals.

Residents took to Social Media to post pictures from the night and express their delight at the Bonfire Night celebration.


Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
The display and music were fantastic and I would like to thank the staff and volunteers who made it a night to remember, and an event for Hackney to be proud of.”
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney