THOUSANDS of people flocked to Himley Hall for the annual bonfire and fireworks show which this year celebrated heroes.

People packed the grounds of the historic hall on Saturday November 3 for the popular event which this year paid tribute to the servicemen and women of the armed forces.

Thousands of poppy shaped fireworks lit up the sky to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Other entertainment included fire-eaters, the Thomas Jones fun fair plus a night market and food and drink stalls.

Midland Metro Alliance also paid for pupils from Halesbury Special School to enjoy the fireworks.

Councillor Keiran Casey, Dudley's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "Himley Bonfire has always been the biggest and best fireworks display around, and this year it certainly lived up to that reputation.

"The planning that goes into an event like this is incredible and I am glad we were able to provide another fantastic night out at one of our premier venues."

Councillor Alan Taylor, Mayor of Dudley, added: "I’m delighted we have been able to celebrate heroes at this year’s bonfire.

"The fireworks show in particular was a lovely tribute to remember the brave heroes who sacrificed so much during the First World War, with the display of poppies over the hall.”