By Ashleigh Wilmot

ALRESFORD Rotary Club saw more than 2,000 people turn out for the annual fireworks display and torchlight precession on Friday evening.

Starting at 7pm, the half-hour parade saw crowds lighting up the town for another year.

Stephen Pinch, Alresford Rotary Club secretary, said: “It started with a torchlight procession down West Street which was a sight to see.

“We have been doing it now for over 20 years and people who know about it come from far and wide.”

The president of the Rotary Club Jon Mckenzie added: “We have spent over £6,000 on fireworks and it’s supposed to be one of the best displays in the south of England.”

This year’s bonfire night event saw fire-themed poetry written by school children from the surrounding areas read out to celebrate their achievements along, with birthday and anniversary shout outs.

There were also several different stalls filling the Arlebury Club car park with a selection of treats for visitors.

Alresford Rotary Club says money raised from the fireworks evening will be distributed to various charities and good causes.

In previous years, the Alresford Rotary Club have donated money to organisations including The Murray Parish Trust, which is aiming to raise £2million to fund a children’s emergency and trauma centre at Southampton General Hospital.

This year’s ‘guy’ was made by children from Sun Hill Junior School.