Families enjoy a sparkling night at Cosham fireworks display

THE soggy field underfoot and dark clouds overhead didn't dampen Portsmouth's spirits last night, as Cosham's fireworks display lit up the night sky.

King George V Playing Fields in Cosham played host to the annual free fireworks display, which saw hundreds of people flock to the performance. 

The large crowd watching the fireworks at King George V playing fields, Cosham

The large crowd watching the fireworks at King George V playing fields, Cosham

Fairground rides, stalls and food and drinks kept visitors entertained until the fireworks rocketed into the air, to thunderous applause.

Fireworks danced upwards, filling the sky with blazing reds, greens and Pompey blue

Steve Watt, 60 from Portsmouth, went along with his 12-year-old granddaughter, Lexi Bunsor. 

Steve said: 'We have only come once before, but it was a really long time ago

Friends and family waiting for the bonfire to be lit

Friends and family waiting for the bonfire to be lit

'I love Bonfire Night and have loved it ever since I was a kid. It's a great thing to do together and nice spend quality time with Lexi. 

'It has brought everyone together and that's really good to see.'

Ella Nelson, 21 from Waterlooville, said: 'I've come with my nine-month-old baby Ralphie - it's the first time he's seen fireworks and I think he's really enjoyed it.

'There's a big group of us here and we've all had a really great time.'

Sophia 5, Cristina Matty , Isabella 8 and Steve Matty enjoying the fireworks

Sophia 5, Cristina Matty , Isabella 8 and Steve Matty enjoying the fireworks

Alfie Clarke, 25 from Cosham, saw the fireworks with family and friends. 

He added: 'It's been really good - so much better than years I have been before.

'We'll definitely be back next year.'

The deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Fuller, who officially launched the fireworks display, has thanked residents for their support of the event.

The large crowd watching the fireworks

The large crowd watching the fireworks

He said: 'People are saying that it was even better than last year and it's great that a free event like this has allowed Portsmouth to show its true colours.

'It's been a great time for everyone and I can't thank people enough for supporting this event so brilliantly.

Family and friends having fun with light-up swords and wands

Family and friends having fun with light-up swords and wands