THOUSANDS of people braved the weather to enjoy the first Bonfire on the Beach in Criccieth for 30 years.

Despite heavy showers, around 4,000 people attended the event from all parts of Gwynedd.

As well as a large bonfire, there was a fireworks display, street food, live music and many seasonal activities for children.

During the evening Ysgol Tremadog were crowned winners of the Guy-making competition for raising the most money for charity following a public vote at Dylan’s Restaurant.

The winning Guy, alongside those of Ysgol Tremadog and Ysgol Treferthyr who were very close runners up, were all put on the bonfire to meet their fate.

Ysgol Tremadog received art vouchers, and all the money raised from the public vote will go to the Wales Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and Hope House/Ty Gobaith as the schools’ nominated charities.

The community bonfire evening was organised by Dylan’s Restaurant director, David Evans, who said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out in such strength to support this event. As well as local people, there were those who had travelled from all over the county.

See the full story and more pictures in Thursday’s Arfon/Dwyfor edition of the Cambrian News