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 fireworks – twice as much ordnance as last year – lit up the night sky – to the cheers of crowds on the Esplanade
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.
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.
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 .
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.