This evening we went down to the docks at Liverpool to watch a firework display, as it is Bonfire Night. This year Liverpool Council had organised an event called the River of Light, as the fireworks were going to be held over the River Mersey so that they could be seen from either the Wirral or Liverpool.
The event started at 4pm with street performances and fire dancers, and when we turned up at the docks there was a drumming display by the world-renowned drummers Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak. They were really good and there was some pyrotechnics going on behind them along to the beat, just in front of the Liver Building, which looked amazing.
We had really high hopes for the firework display as it had been built up to be the best Liverpool has ever had, and the annual fireworks held at Sefton Park are usually great. However, honestly, we were really disappointed. We could hardly see the fireworks as they were behind buildings for a lot of people, and there was no music even though it had been promised. I didn't get any good photos as I couldn't see the fireworks very well (they weren't high up enough in the sky!) and half of the people started to leave a few minutes in as it wasn't worth standing out in the cold for. I don't think the barges were spread out very well along the Mersey to set the fireworks off from.
The River of Light was a completely free event to attend, and I'm sure it would have been much better if we had had a better view, but it was a bit of a let-down. I also think that music would have made it 100x better as the atmosphere would have been more uplifting and vibrant.
I hope next year they hold them back at Sefton Park, as there is always a much better view for everyone and music to accompany the fireworks. It's just a shame as it could have been so much better!
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