THEY are the highlight of Cowes Week for thousands of people and the team behind the annual firework display are promising to make sure this year’s event will go with a bang.
Pains Fireworks — which traces its origins back to the 17th century — provided the displays at the Isle of Wight event from 1862 until 2001 and returned last year.
David Alvis, sales director, said months of planning had gone into the tonight's (Friday) event to ensure it maintained its iconic status.
The show starts at 9.30pm, with the Red Arrows and RAF Typhoon performing earlier in the evening.
"We will have the counting fireworks again, which have increasing numbers of bangs that the crowd can count along with. It was always a popular part of the display and we brought it back last year.
"It’s the sort of audience involvement that you just don’t get with other firework displays. We really want to bring back that feeling of audience participation.
"This year we will be have the Big Blast Off again, when we want all the boats in the Solent that will be watching the fireworks to sound their klaxons and horns.
"The links between the boats and the crowd is part of the show. It’s all about making the event unique to Cowes," said David.
The fireworks are funded thanks to sponsorship and donations from many businesses and organisations on the Island, including the Isle of Wight County Press, as well as Cowes Week sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management.
Fireworks viewing guide? The display starts at 9.30pm
? The best places to view the display, according to organisers, will be:
On the Parade
Princes Green to Egypt Point
East Cowes promenade
? Red Funnel has special Firework Cruises where passengers can enjoy a grandstand view from the Solent.
? RAF Typhoon at 7.10pm
? Red Arrows at 7.30pm, both displays thanks to sponsors local letterbox.
Pains Fireworks now uses digital technology to create its displays.