The weather was dry which could be why a seemingly record number of people turned up for the event. It was however a windy night with a winter chill in the air.
As the crowds swelled and the published timing of 6.30p.m. passed, sadly some plants in flower beds at the front of Queen's Gardens were trampled. We spotted one child busily trampling the plants intentionally into the ground as his mum was distracted. As we shouted out 'stop that' mum spotted him and he was severely reprimanded.
But overall it was a good fun event; there were was a slight police presence but that could have been as the location is fairly close to one of the central police stations in our city centre.
The event was good humoured and fun; it included a few acts who performed their hearts out but that meant the event was later than expected and a problem for some families who had brought young children along.
We thought there would be chaos getting a bus but we managed that quickly; the route was slightly diverted due to traffic closures close to Queen's Gardens.
Passengers on our bus were a little squashed but good-natured and many of us were chatting away when three or four stop ahead of ours something hit the bus window. Some said it was at least one shot if not two but it could have been a heft stone or stones we guess.
Either way a bottom deck window shattered in its frame but stayed in situ. The corresponding window on the top deck similarly shattered but you could see a huge hole in it.
The driver ordered all passengers disembark and as we passed saying we only had a few stops to walk home the driver commented he wished he had too!
No person was hurt but it was incident to mar the evening’s event.
Young thugs and idiots have occasionally thrown rocks at buses in the past but after using local public transport for more than 60 years it is my first encounter.
The only personal downside was I forgot to take my camera. There are many images etc. online though.
At one point Neil Rudd, host of the night's event, asked the crowd to raise their cell or mobile or smartphones as one, all lit up; he remarked how cool that would be and that he would post it on social media and show just how many people were there. For this none using mobile phone local though it only went to show just how many people rely that bit too much on having their phone to hand 24/7.
But of course those people had a great set of images and footage thanks to modern technology!
St Stephen's Shopping centre Hull also had their lights switch on Thursday but it slightly clashed with Queen's Gardens display. It would have been warmer n the shopping centre but the fireworks were not bad for a council struggling financially.