A spectacular start to a packed winter programme

I must take the opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in the success of the spectacular fireworks display on Sunday.

More than 12,000 people turned out to enjoy the show, bringing the communities we serve together for the traditional November 5 celebrations.

After the disappointment of last year’s cancellation due to weather conditions, it was fantastic that the effort and dedication of the teams responsible for delivering such a popular event was rewarded with a great response from the public.

In the weeks ahead there will be many more events to get people talking and really engaged with their city – from the opening of the Christmas Village and switch on of the Christmas tree lights to the lights parade, which this year is combined with the Denis Law Freedom of the City celebration, and much, much more. There is certainly plenty to look forward to.

None of these events would be possible without the planning, expertise and teamwork behind the scenes at the Council. My thanks go to all involved at the weekend – here’s to the next successful event.