AN explosive night of fun and entertainment in York, organised by North Yorkshire fire service for charity, is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year.

The bonfire and fireworks display at Rawcliffe Country Park will take place on November 4 in aid of The Fire Fighters charity.

The event has been held at the park every year by the fire service since 2014, raising a total of about £35,000 so far for the charity.

Last year, around 5,000 people attended and it raised more than £14,000, but organisers are confident of beating that total next month.

The 2017 extravaganza will feature more spectacular fireworks than in previous years, and there will be a new attraction this year, with a laser show set to wow crowds.

Bruce Reid, watch manager at Harrogate Fire Station, and the main organiser of the event, said: “It’s going to be huge this year.

“There is going to bigger and better fireworks.

“Last year we raised in excess of £14,000 for The Fire Fighters charity. We’re hoping to top that this year. We’re hoping for more people.

“It’s going to be great fun for all the family.”

During the evening, there will also be food stalls, bars, live music and fun fair rides.

Gates will open for the event at 5pm on November 4.

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display will get underway at 7.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale from next week at The Press’ office in Walmgate, York, Huntington and Acomb fire stations, all of the Park and Ride offices and Barclays bank in Parliament Street.

They cost £10 for adults, £5 for children. Under fives can enter for free.