PENARTH SEES-IN THE NEW YEAR WITH ESPLANADE FIREWORK SPECTACULAR

Penarth brings in the new year with a bang on the Esplanade.

Penarth brings in the New Year with a bang on the Esplanade.

Hundreds of people gathered on Penarth Esplanade last night to see in 2017 and watch the biggest-yet fireworks spectacular  – organised by two local sea-front restaurants .

On the stroke of midnight a fusilade of fireworkers lit up the night sky - to the cheers of crowds on the Esplanade

On the stroke of midnight a fusilade of fireworks – twice as much ordnance  as last year –   lit up the night sky – to the cheers of crowds on the Esplanade

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Despite the light drizzle, diners crowded onto the Esplanade to watch the show

Despite the light drizzle, diners crowded onto the Esplanade to watch the show

Diners at Restaurant James Sommerin donned coats and hats before venturing out into a damp and drizzly night to watch the pyrotechnics being fired from the foreshore and celebrate the start of the New Year.

A crowd on the Fig Tree balcony celebrates as the fireworks begin

A crowd on the Fig Tree balcony celebrates as the fireworks begin

Meanwhile diners at the Fig Tree also came out in force to enjoy an elevated view from that restaurant’s balcony – also overlooking the seafront.

The Fig Tree Restaurant commenced the evening’s display at the stroke of midnight – continuing a tradition begun some 7 years ago  – and produced the first half of the display,  with Restaurant James Sommerin then providing the second half of the fireworks spectacular . This is the third year that Restaurant JS has participated in the joint event.

The fireworks were set off from the foreshore

The fireworks were set off from the foreshore

Elsewhere along the Esplanade, other groups of revellers and party-goers gathered to watch the noisy fun.

The display may not quite be on the scale of Sydney Harbour Bridge yet – but Penarth’s newest tradition is growing year by year .

Glass of celebratory wine in one hand - chef's blowtorch in the other restaurateur James Sommerin personally ignited the fireworks and was delighted everything went off as intended

Glass of celebratory wine in one hand – chef’s blowtorch in the other – restaurateur James Sommerin personally ignited the second-half fireworks and clearly had every bit as much fun as his clientele.

 

The Restaurant James Sommerin‘s fireworks were actually fired by James Sommerin himself who , with one of his staff, wielded a  chef’s  blowtorch to “light the blue touchpaper”   .

Across Penarth several other smaller firework parties were also evidently in progress simultaneously.   There was no public event as such.

PDN would like to wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all readers

PDN would like to wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all readers

 

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17 Responses to PENARTH SEES-IN THE NEW YEAR WITH ESPLANADE FIREWORK SPECTACULAR

  1. Jan Harding says:

    Was an outstanding display, thank you JS

  2. CoexistinPenarth says:

    Great thing for both restaurants to do! Thank you to both, fantastic display!!

  3. Peter Church says:

    “organised by two local sea-front restaurants”
    Says it all really!!
    Where were the Town Council’s fire works? ah yes we have already had them in the Council chambers, when Labour Councillors were agruing over the towns budget.

    • Lindsay says:

      And if the town council had provided a firework display you would have been at the head of the queue complaining about the cost. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

      • Mgg says:

        Well said Lindsay but you forget that the council would be responsible for the cold weather and the fact that people weren’t able to go along in their shirts sleaves oh and that the kiddies were fed up and cold waiting until midnight and why were the fireworks not done at 5pm oh and they were too loud.

      • Frank Evans says:

        Well said both, you stick up for your friends at the council! They deserve all the help they can get.

      • Lindsay says:

        Frank, I realise that your obsession with all things council must be very difficult to shake off but my comment didn’t “stick up” for anything or anyone. Rather, I was making reference to Peter’s talent for turning everything into an opportunity to be critical of the council. Says it all really.

  4. Penileaks says:

    Hmmm, I hope that there are no charges brought by the local plod for clear evidence in one photo above, that someone is drinking in a public place and is in charge of a dangerous explosive weapon, again in a public place and quite possibly whilst under the influence of alcohol.
    Tut, tut !
    Happy New Year

  5. J. B. Corbyn says:

    May I congratulate the South Wales town of Penarth on this festive occasion. Even though these fireworks were organised by private businesses which I do not approve of, they did look good.
    I will in 2017 be taking a very close look at our Labour colleagues in Penarth to see if they all recognise the true Labour values which myself and my newly united cabinet now aspire to.

    We will have no disobedience and will sing the red flag at the end of every meeting.
    We will have no dissenters, we all know what happens to dissenters.
    We will have unity, fellow workers and Councillors.
    We will spend the tax payers money wisely and only go into the red if we need to make a political point or to build a great cliff structure.
    We will look after the poor, Labour Party members first.
    We will make 2017 a right red socialist new year!

    J B Corbyn.

  6. Chris David says:

    Well done Mr Sommerin- helping to welcome the Summer In 🙂

  7. Harry says:

    Happy New Year Mr Sommerin, and congratulations on your community based projects, particularly supporting homeless with cooked meal on Christmas Eve.
    Fireworks looked great.

    • Sarah says:

      Well said. Happy new year to everyone involved. It is lovely to see such fantastic community spirit.

  8. whatsoccurin says:

    Great fireworks display-thank you to the “restaurant community” for organising it-also excellent film on The One Show (Monday) about the lady who swam from Penarth to Weston in the 1920s.

  9. Chris David says:

    Ah but “Lindsay” you support the council no matter what they do so its just a balance. Are you going to be honest with us in 2017 and tell us who you are? What are you afraid off?

  10. Louise says:

    I’m sure this was an event enjoyed by locals and visitors, but unfortunately there is now a large amount of firework litter on the beach in the form of heavy duty cardboard rolls. I picked up at least a dozen from the beach area opposite the lifeboat station this morning and there are lots more underneath the slipway that can’t be retrieved.

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