HUNDREDS of townsfolk braved fierce winds and torrential rain to support Redditch Fire Station's annual bonfire and fireworks display on Sunday.

The event was hailed a success, despite a drop in visitors due to appalling weather conditions.

But station officer Richard Lawrence said he was very grateful to the people who turned up.

The firework extravaganza followed a busy weekend for fire crews, who were kept on their toes dealing with a number of emergencies.

Firefighters had to deal with a factory fire in Pipers Road, Park Farm South, which suffered 10 per cent fire damage and 60 per cent smoke damage.

A number of stolen cars were dumped in the town and completely destroyed by fire.

And crews were also called to release a horse which had become trapped in a stream in Gay Hill, Wythall.

Mr Lawrence said: "It was a busy weekend and we are still working with the police to reduce the number of car fires, which we consider unnecessary and take up crews who could be needed elsewhere."