Many families turned out to watch the hugely popular - but not everyone was happy with the night
The volunteer organisers of Skinningrove Bonfire have been left "crushed" and "deeply saddened" after a backlash over traffic issues.
The hugely popular event returned on Bonfire Night with a Greatest Showman themed structure.
Many families turned out to watch - but not everyone was happy with the night.
Posting a statement on social media, the organisers of the free event said they were "crushed" after "many negative comments" and that the reputation of the bonfire was being "destroyed".
"We have worked hard for many years to build a reputation which we are now seeing destroyed by a small number of those who were effected by the traffic issues on Tuesday night", it said.
"We were, of course, deeply saddened to hear that so many were not able to join us for our bonfire celebrations.
"It is a shame that others felt the need to voice their opinions before the facts could have been known.
"We have watched, horrified, as the finger of blame for everything from the weather to Skinningrove not being in Redcar has been pointed in our direction
" Redcar and Cleveland Council kindly offered us the park and ride facility in an attempt to reduce the traffic issues in Carlin How.
"Unfortunately a small number of people chose to not only ignore this option, but also decided to park like inconsiderate idiots on the main road through Carlin How.
"As a result of their selfish actions, this road was effectively reduced to a single track road with traffic unable to pass in opposite directions.
"This caused traffic to snarl up, which drastically reduced the effectiveness of the park and ride service which was also trapped in this traffic."
The organisers added that a police issue and a lorry break-down also added to the traffic woes, and were stumped as to why they were being blamed.
Some, bizarrely, even hit-out at the organisers due to the "cold weather".
"As organisers, we didn't park like idiots in Carlin How.
"We also didn't encourage anyone to leave it until the last minute to get here making idiot parking more likely.
"In fact we do everything we can to encourage people to get here in plenty of time.
They added: "Some people missed a bonfire, then went home.
"We're very sorry to hear that they missed it. But is that really a big enough issue to justify some of the vitriol that has been aimed at us?"
This year's wooden structure was a tribute to North Skelton ironstone miner Harry Cooper who was born locally in 1853, and was 8ft 6in tall.
While touring with a circus, he was spotted by PT Barnum - made famous in the blockbuster film - who made Harry a celebrity in America, being one of the tallest men in the world.
The bonfire design was based on a circus tent and a tribute to Harry feature prominently.