It took more than wind and rain to deter a dedicated team from making sure this year's Slough firework display at Upton Court Park went ahead.

But Slough Borough Council's events manager Lynsey Hellewell said that Saturday's display came perilously close to falling victim to the British winter.

She said: "The weather was not particularly kind to us. It was touch and go whether we would be able to go ahead with it, not because of the rain but because of wind speeds that could have posed a danger when the bonfire was lit.

"In the end it was 'all's well that ends well'. We were able to go ahead and people still came out despite the rain."

Soggy weather threatened to dampen the fun a bit when it came to lighting the planned 60ft bonfire. But pyrotechnician Mark Wynne-Pedder was not deterred, even though it took an amazing million firecrackers to ensure that the crowd got to enjoy the promised spectacular blaze.

After encouraging the crowd to keep its fingers crossed he started it off and soon the chilly night had turned warm as toast for hundreds of spectators.

The firework display itself wowed the crowds as music from Queen and the hit show The Lion King filled the air complementing the riot of colours in the sky.