THE sun beat down on Newport today as families, youngsters and volunteers thronged the city for the finale of Big Splash 2014.

Last night saw the ‘Sunset Spectacular’ fireworks display at the Red Wave, seen for miles around, while Sunday saw the fairground fire up once again and live music take over the Riverfront Theatre as the sun shone over at Rodney Parade's Parklife event.

Amid the theatre, painting, sporting and circus activities at Parklife today, hundreds of people took part in a mass dance round the field as part of a Newport version of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy”.

The filming was organised by the Riverfront Theatre and NANGTV director Igniterr who made a Luton version of “Happy” in London, which had more than 150,000 views on YouTube.

Newport Circus, the Museums and Heritage Service, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Flying Start and Newport Families Information Service were just some of the organisations at Parklife today, along with giant slides, climbing frames and entertaining pantomime by Circus Rum Ba Ba.

Yesterday Aimee Hibberd and her colleagues at Newport Circus coached 621 people in the art of circus skills and tightrope walking in the Riverfront Theatre on Saturday, and more than 90 children and adults at Parklife this morning and afternoon.

She said circus skills offer an important alternative to youngsters who don't feel they enjoy or are very good at sports, but can teach vital skills of coordination and boost confidence.