The annual St Ives New Year’s Eve firework display will be bigger and better than ever thanks to contributions from local businesses in the town.

Fireworks are set off annually over St Ives harbour on December 31 and are paid for by businesses in the area through the St Ives Business Improvement District (BID). Last year’s celebrations saw nearly 30,000 people pour into the town for the lavish show, thought to be the biggest turnout since the millennium.

Carl Lamb, St Ives BID manager, said: “This year’s display promises to be even more spectacular than last year. New Year’s Eve is a massive event for locals and visitors alike in St Ives and we are really looking forward to celebrating it with an unforgettable fireworks display over the harbour.

“Through the St Ives BID, businesses across the area have contributed very generously, meaning that the town is going to come together for what I am sure will be an absolutely fantastic event to celebrate the start of another great year for St Ives.”

This year, more than two-and-a-half tonnes of fireworks are due to be released, meaning that the display will rival the displays taking place in some of the major cities in the UK. A laser countdown clock will also be on display on the night to count down the hours, and the minutes, to midnight and the spectacular display.