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FIREWORKS danced in the night sky to a medley of classical and upbeat music during a display.

The annual HMS Sultan bonfire and fireworks display was held last night at the base in Military Road, Gosport.

HMS Sultan bonfire night and firework display'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133022-9)

HMS Sultan bonfire night and firework display'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133022-9)

Around 10,000 people turned up to enjoy a funfair, fire-eaters, food, and the fireworks.

The night started off with the bonfire – complete with a Guy Fawkes – being lit.

And Tamara Teversham, 14, of Rochford Road, Paulsgrove, had the honour of pushing down the plunger to light the blaze.

Her grandmother Heather Teversham won a News competition to have the honour, but decided to pass it on to her granddaughter.

Tamara said: ‘I was really nervous to go on stage, but once I was there it was fine.

‘I had been looking forward to the fireworks for a while.’

There was also a fancy dress competition, with two categories – aged five to eight, and nine to 12.

Dressed as a green dragon, complete with flames coming out of the costume, was Troy Cross.

The five-year-old won a £25 Asda gift voucher for coming first.

His mum Amy Cross, 29, of Vernon Close, in Gosport, said: ‘We’re really proud he’s won.

‘We started making his costume at the beginning of the month.’

Captain Trevor Gulley, the commanding officer at HMS Sultan said the night was a success.

He added: ‘This was a fantastic evening for everyone involved.

‘For us it’s all about community engagement, and making sure local people have a good time.

‘And I think everyone enjoyed the fireworks.’