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CLASSICAL music met modern pop and rock songs as fireworks lit up Portsmouth last night.

The annual fireworks display at Gunwharf Quays attracts thousands of people into the city every year.

Fireworks at Gunwharf Quays

Fireworks at Gunwharf Quays

And the crowds weren’t put off this year by the wet weather as many packed into the balconies of Gunwharf’s bars and restaurants and around the main plaza to get a good spot.

There was live music from new band The Vamps, as well as entertainment from X Factor contestants Giles Potter and Tom Mann.

Sean Sweeney is centre manager at Gunwharf Quays.

He said: ‘It’s a nice, free event. We put a lot of quality entertainment on to warm them up.

‘It’s one of the best firework displays, if not the best on the south coast.

‘It speaks volumes that people were prepared to stay in the rain not just for the entertainment but for our renowned fireworks display.

‘They all stayed and hats off to them because it was worth it.’

The display featured songs such as Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die, and Adele’s Skyfall, which were given a classical twist as fireworks exploded over The Hard.

‘We had various companies come in with different themes,’ added Mr Sweeney.

‘A couple of years ago we had a classical theme and the feedback was really positive.

‘The music went with the fireworks tonight and it was all really well synchronised.’

Gemma Nash, 29, from Southsea, brought along her three-year-old daughter Juno, and 11-month-old son Rowan.

She said: ‘I’ve been living here for four years now but we’ve never been.

‘It’s very convenient for us to be able to come along.

‘It’s a nice thing to do with the family.’

Helen Richard, 46, from Waterlooville, went down to watch the fireworks with husband Nigel, 52, and their four-year-old grandaughter Emma.

Helen said: ‘I thought they were brilliant. We are meeting up with some family who have driven down to see the fireworks.

‘It’s a nice thing to do with the family, apart from the weather.’