THOUSANDS flocked to Blackpool’s Promenade to watch the spectacular finale of the 2012 World Fireworks Championships.
France brought the competition to an end with a stunning 10-minute display, the sky lit with a mind-boggling array of rockets and bangers set to music.
They were attempting to get the better of Australia and Canada, who had lit up the area around North Pier in the preceding weeks with similarly colourful shows.
But in the end the French could not quite manage it, with Canada’s James Bond-themed display getting the nod and taking the crown.
The Canadians looked pretty chuffed at winning the VisitBlackpool organised event which has drawn in hundreds of thousands of visitors this year.
Last night’s display was also a hit with the punters who braved some miserable weather to take their places on the Golden Mile and watch the action.
John MacDonald, of Anchorsholme, said: “I’ve been coming here for the last few years to watch it, I bring the kids and we love it.
“It’s part of what Blackpool is all about – loud and in your face, but great fun.”
He saw more than Brenda Rodgers, who had travelled from Chorley to watch, but almost missed the action.
She said: “I got my piers mixed up and I was standing at South Pier when it started.
“Fortunately there was a tram passing so I jumped on it and got to North Pier in time to watch most of it. It was great and better still, it didn’t rain.”