Thousands flock to free fireworks spectacular at the Royal Docks

​​Thousands of people flocked to the Royal Docks to witness Newham’s extraordinary fireworks extravaganza on Saturday 3 November.​

The annual free event, which marks Guy Fawkes Night, took place at Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks for the first time. Fireworks were set off from the dock itself and from the top of the imposing Millennium Mills, which was illuminated to provide a beautiful backdrop.

Some 15,000 spectators gathered to enjoy the spectacular show with many more watching on from the parameter of the docks.

The display was a free event organised by Newham Council in partnership with the Royal Docks Team, which was established by Mayor of London and Mayor of Newham to redevelop the Royal Docks.

The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, said: “The spectacular free fireworks display showcased what the Royal Docks can offer the community with the rich and interesting history of the area adding to the show. It was fantastic to see so many residents in the Royal Docks enjoying the display.

“I am proud that we are still able, with the generosity of our partners who kindly sponsored the display, to offer these stunning shows in an affordable fashion for our residents.”

Crowds cheered as rockets were launched alongside a dramatic soundtrack, opening with “As One” by pioneering electronic musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre, featuring samples from “Come Together” by Primal Scream. The track was chosen to mark 30 years since Jarre’s amazing 1988 “Destination Docklands” music, lighting and fireworks event in Royal Victoria Dock which attracted 200,000 people over two nights.

It was the first time Newham had taken its fireworks display to the Royal Docks, with a variety of other attractions on site at Silvertown Quays, including funfair rides, food stalls and musical entertainment from HEART FM’s DJ Roberto.

Sponsorship for the event was provided by Royal Albert Dock developer ABP, by Lendlease and Starwood Capital who are working together on the Silvertown Quays development and by London City Airport and Excel London.

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Published: 05 Nov 2018