Thousands watch Oldham's fireworks go with a bang

Date published: 05 November 2021


Oldham's Big Bang returned last night with a spectacular fireworks show, a huge bonfire, and fire-themed entertainment on a huge outdoor stage.

The annual show - which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic - was back at its regular home on Oldham Edge playing fields.

Oldhamers flocked in their thousands to see Shaw's Big Al host the pre-fireworks show, including two performances from Flame Oz with fire juggling and amazing pyrotechnics.

The crowd was also treated to a show from the flourescent giant robots from Global Grooves.

Hands and bellies were warmed with tea and hot chocolate, and burgers, hot dogs and donuts were on the menu as the fireworks finale began.

The bonfire was lit just after 6pm, and the fireworks extravaganza began at 7pm, provided by former UK champions Fantastic Fireworks.

Scarlet Curtis, age 7, was the lucky winner of the Push the Button competition and set off this year’s fireworks display.

Big Al

It was a spectacular 20-minute show, with fireworks of all types and colours, lighting up the sky above the town - a display which could be seen for miles around.  Set to music, the fireworks performance received huge applause from the crowd after wowing the audience with some breathtaking sequences.

There was just time for Big Al to thank the guests, performers, and the thousands of Oldhamers who ventured out for the Big Bang, before the show was over.  The fairground rides continued until 8.30pm.

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