A SPLASH of colour in the sky welcomed in the New Year at Harwich Quay.

The annual event, held at the Ha’Penny Pier and neighbouring quayside, saw hundreds of people turn out to watch the firework display as the clock struck midnight.

About £7,500 was spent on the display itself, which is put on for free for the community but with an appeal for donations.

Bucket collectors walked along the quay asking those enjoying the spectacle to help contribute so the event can be held again next year.

Andrew Tannock, chairman of the fireworks committee, said: “A lot of people commented and said it was the best year yet, but then they say that every year. It really was a good evening, the conditions were just right and it was a good natured crowd.

“There was a nice mix of families and children enjoying the display.

“We had probably the same amount of people as last year.

“There was a heavy police presence, heavier than previous years, but there was no trouble where we were.”

Fireworks were set off from the end of Trinity Pier and Chris Strachan played Auld Lang Syne to crowds on his trumpet.