An Article, (I think from Saturday) on the Fireworks in The Sentinel can be found Here
FIREWORKS made an explosive return to Alton Towers following a four-year absence as thousands flocked to the weekend spectacular.
The theme park ditched the annual show in 2007 after being forced to scale the display down following a long-running court case over the noise.
But it made a triumphant return yesterday as part of a three-day-show which also marks the grand finale of the attraction's 30th anniversary.
Music from the past three decades was pumped out during a lively pre-show that was followed by a fireworks display lasting almost 25 minutes.
Ian Crabbe, divisional director of the Alton Towers Resort, said: "The breathtaking display is a fitting way to celebrate the ultimate year for us and is sure to dazzle our guests."
Visitors at the attraction were also quick to praise the show.
George Fallows, aged 63, from Cheadle, said: "I'm glad it's back and I thought it was an excellent display."
Lewis Watkins, from Stoke, last came to the event when he was four.
The nine-year-old said: "The bit about the Thirteen ride was really good and I enjoyed the fireworks and lasers."
John Reed made the trip from Mansfield.
The 36-year-old father-of-two said: "It was worth the trip, the fireworks were really good."
The event courted controversy in 2005 when Farley residents Stephen and Suzanne Roper, who live 100 yards from the attraction's entrance, won a landmark case after claiming noise from the display was making their lives a misery.
The decision led to the show being downsized and eventually scrapped.
But its return has been welcomed by villagers and businesses in Alton.
Landlord of the Blacksmiths Arms in Alton Dennis Power said: "Anything that will bring people to the area is good for business, so we welcome it."
Ruth Franks, who runs the Beehive Bed and Breakfast, in Oakamoor, with husband Colin, said: "The moment the fireworks are announced we are fully booked straight away. People really enjoy them."
And Stella Heritage, aged 71, of Alton, said: "I have nothing against the fireworks at all and I think it was a shame when they were stopped."
Councillor Tony Moult, a member of Alton Parish Council, said: "I think it's good news for the area that the fireworks have returned as it will help the local businesses."
The firework display will run today and tomorrow from 7pm until just after 7.20pm, with a pre-show at 6.40pm.
Quite a positive article for once.
Sunday nights fireworks were very good, certainly on par with Saturdays. All in all a great event.
There did seem issues with getting out of the car parks last night though. Unlike Saturday,, when all 3 lanes were being used, with lane 3 traffic exiting through a side gate on to Wooton Lane, only two lanes were being used, and the barriers were down, unlike Saturday where they were left open. Whilst getting out of the main car park (A,B,C), wasn't that bad, if you were unfortunate enough to be in the Air Car Park or Hotels car park it was taking well over an hour to get to the main gates during the busy leaving period of 8-10pm.