THOUSANDS of people are expected to flock to Harwich for a phenomenal New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The skies above Harwich Quay will light up with explosions of colour between 11.50pm and 12.20am on New Year’s Eve.

The annual extravaganza is funded by donations from businesses, Harwich Town Council, and residents.

It is also well supported by Harwich Haven Authority, which owns the historic Ha’Penny Pier, and Trinity House.

Betty Holbrook,who has been organising the event for the past five years, said: “There was a turnout of about six thousand people last year and we are hoping for similar numbers this year.

“There is always a big build up before midnight among residents and visitors and then the fireworks go off.

She also said this is the last year she will be organising the New Year’s Eve event and next year Adi Pells, who is helping organise this year’s fireworks, will takeover.

There will be about 20 volunteers working on the night with buckets for people to put their donations in.

To donate, cash or cheques can be delivered to Betty Holbrook at Government House, Harwich, CO12 3NH. You can also call her on 01255 503349 or 07909513720.

Cheques should be made payable to Harwich Quay Fireworks and receipts will be given.