Archive video: Navy’s fireworks spectacular

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Archive newsreel shows an impressive fireworks display to mark the Royal Naval Review off Portsmouth 62 years ago

Broadcast in 1953, the British Pathé report shows the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh inspect the fleet at Spithead.

After the five-minute mark the footage displays a set of ships ‘lit up’, interspersed with stunning images of fireworks exploding in the night sky.

The commentator observes that ‘the whole of Spithead is aglow’.