Get ready for return of annual bonfire and fireworks display on Portsmouth playing fields

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AN ANNUAL bonfire and fireworks display in Portsmouth is gearing up to return.

The event, on King George V Playing Fields, in Cosham, is on Wednesday.

Visitors will be treated to a 20-minute firework display celebrating music from the last five decades, featuring everything from the Beatles and Queen to One Direction and Adele.

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, leading the countdown to the fireworks at 7.30pm.

The fun begins before that at 4pm with a children’s funfair for under-12s and the main stage comes to life at 6pm with a mix of live music and entertainment.

Local singer songwriter Jerry Williams and family group JAGMAC will perform.

Tory council leader Donna Jones said: ‘Cosham’s annual bonfire and fireworks are fantastic and I’m delighted the council has been able to organise this for the community once again.’

Meanwhile, police, fire and council officers plan to work together from November 5 to tackle anti-social behaviour and unsafe bonfires.

The special bonfire assessment team will be the first response to reports of bonfires and will call in a fire engine if needed.