FIREWORKS lit up the night sky above Southend as the town's "iconic" display returned.

Southend’s displays, which have been drawing crowds since 1996, were cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first display since the lifting of lockdown restrictions was due to take place last Saturday, October 2.

But after strong winds were forecast by the Met Office, the Southend Business Improvement District, which funds the displays, announced the event’s cancellation.

Further displays will be every Saturday at 7.30pm, up to December 4.

Suzanne Gloyne, Southend BID Manager, said: “Now that restrictions have eased, we are thrilled that we can once again oversee Southend’s iconic firework displays; they support businesses massively and after a challenging year, we know they’ll make a lasting impact.

"Furthermore, we are elated to be hosting more displays than ever before.

"We hope this will provide vendors with a sense of security and support, whilst bringing even more joy to those who watch our displays.”