Navy fireworks show thrills the crowds at HMS Sultan display

EXPLOSIONS Part of the fireworks display. (113825-5231)
EXPLOSIONS Part of the fireworks display. (113825-5231)
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BANGS and sparkles thrilled thousands of people at one of the area’s biggest annual firework displays.

The sky lit up as hundreds of fireworks were shot into the sky at HMS Sultan, in Gosport, last night.

HERE WE GO Mark Swanston with son James, two, from Gosport, who got the chance to push the plunger which lit the bonfire.  (113825-4820)

HERE WE GO Mark Swanston with son James, two, from Gosport, who got the chance to push the plunger which lit the bonfire. (113825-4820)

The event was a big draw with families turning up to watch the large bonfire being lit.

Youngsters were treated to a funfair and a visit from a futuristic robot named Titan.

Watched by sailors and civilians, a 15-minute firework spectacle brought the night to a close.

They were set to a chorus of dramatic music including Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

Leading Seaman Stephen Burke, 27, of Broomfield Crescent, Gosport, said: ‘It’s always a great event.

‘It’s good to have something that brings people in from the area and gets them involved with the navy because we do want to be a part of the community.’

Two-year-old James Swanston won the chance to light the bonfire after his parents entered a competition in The News.

Dad James, 29, said: ‘He absolutely loved it. He got to go up on stage and press the plunger.

‘I’ve been coming along to the fireworks here since I can remember.

‘It’s great, it gets people coming in together and meeting the navy.

‘It’s a great event and HMS Sultan are good to have it here every year.

Fire-eaters and dancers kept the crowds entertained while children took part in competitions.

Shannon Salkeld, 43, of Forton Road, Gosport, was there with her two granddaughters Porscha, four, and Keeley, three.

She said: ‘It’s the first time we’ve come here and I thought it would be a great treat for the little ones.

‘They have had a really good time.’