Portsmouth’s King George V firework display set to go off with a bang

BANG Fireworks at King George V playing fields
BANG Fireworks at King George V playing fields
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PORTSMOUTH’S biggest annual firework display is due to go off with some sparkle and a big bang tomorrow.

The free event at King George V playing fields in Cosham has been a favourite in the past and this year is set to be no exception.

Organised by Portsmouth City Council, it is estimated that in 2010, up to 15,000 people attended.

Heather Todd, assistant events manager at Portsmouth City Council, has been organising the display.

She said: ‘People like coming to firework events, especially free ones.

‘They’re always popular and well-attended and this year will be no different.’

With thousands of fireworks supplied by Kimbolton Fireworks of Cambridge, even local businesses have lent a hand in setting up the display. Heather added: ‘Everything is sorted out now, and the preparations are going well.

‘We’ve had lots of offers of wood and pallets from local businesses and home-owners to help with the fireworks display, which is great.’

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Cheryl Buggy, will light the bonfire at 7pm, with live music from Wave 105 FM from 6pm, with a Lady Gaga tribute act.

Visitors are urged not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the display.

Drusilla Moody, events and tourism manager at the council, said: ‘This is a popular event so I suggest that people get to the site in plenty of time and walk or use public transport wherever possible.’

Heather added: ‘I’m just hoping for fine weather now, because I get the impression it might be quite wet!’

THE DISPLAY AT A GLANCE

TIME: 6.30pm, display at 7.30pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Wave 105 Roadshow and a tribute act

PARKING: Limited free parking at IBM

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS: Bollards will be placed along major routes to help with traffic flow.

Northern Road will be closed, except for buses and emergency vehicles, from its junction with Portsmouth Road northbound to its junction with Medina Road roundabout from 6pm to 8.15pm.

COST: Free with charity collections

CONTACT: (023) 9282 6722