A MAGICAL evening was held across Peeblesshire last weekend as communities marked Bonfire Night with firework displays.

Organisers of displays around the region welcomed crowds to enjoy an evening together.

At the display organised by Peebles and District Round Table, an estimated 4,000 spectators made their way to Victoria Park to enjoy the ‘magical extravaganza’ featuring hits from Disney films.

Richard Brown, chairman of the Round Table, said: “We just cannot believe how generous the people of Peebles and beyond have been.

“It was an incredible fireworks display, but an even more incredible fundraising response which will do so much good for people struggling in the local community, especially at this really difficult time.

“Thanks to everyone for coming and for donating, and thanks to Stobo Castle Health Spa for their generous sponsorship”.

The fireworks in Peebles were set off by Beltane Queen Elena Chrystie and raised more than £10,000 for the Peeblesshire Foodbank.

A spokesperson from Peeblesshire Foodbank said: “It’s a win for everyone – a great night for the community raising money which goes back into the community.”

Mr Brown added: “The fireworks wouldn’t happen without a huge amount of organisation and time from the members of the Peebles and District Round Table, which is an organisation for men from all backgrounds aged between 18 and 45 who come together to talk, socialise, and to raise funds for local charities and organisation.”

In Innerleithen, the Rotary Club of Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair held its annual fireworks display in the field adjacent to the health centre.

Despite concerns regarding the weather, the rain staved off and the crowds enjoyed clear skies.

A spokesperson from the Rotary Club of Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair said: “The good weather meant an excellent turnout of families were able to make their way to the field to enjoy the display in safety.

“Funds raised on the evening will be given to causes within the local community.

“Thanks must go to Frank Neville and his team of firers, Gordon Renwick for the permission to use the field, Rathburn Chemicals for the supply of pallets for the bonfire, Glendinning Bros for excavating and backfilling the base for the fire, and of course the public who attended the evening.”

For more information on the Peebles and District Round Table, visit: facebook.com/peebles.roundtable.