THE skies of Gosport exploded with colour as the HMS Sultan Bonfire and Fireworks Night once again proved to be a roaring success.
Hundreds of families came to have some fun and be dazzled by the display at the annual spectacle.
There was plenty on offer – with a huge funfair and a live performance from former X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas getting everyone in the mood.
A young family went on a stage and pushed down a plunger before the colourful fireworks came to life.
Crowds sang along to songs including Swing Low, Swing Chariot and The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga.
Alan Morgan, 34, of Fareham, had a great time with his girlfriend Victoria Muirhead, 26, and children Leah, 11, and Livi, two.
We do this for the people of Gosport, and a huge thank-you to my team who have done a lot of overtime to make this happen.Captain Trevor Gulley, commanding officer of HMS Sultan
Alan said: ‘Leah loves the rides – it’s been a nice evening and the atmosphere is good. We come every year.’
Daniel Wilde, 42, and fiancée Julie Beard, 30, came with their two daughters Leah, four and Charlie, 11.
Daniel, of Gosport, said: ‘This is our first time here. We came to the Sultan Show in the summer and thought we would come along to the fireworks with the kids. The atmosphere is great. It brings the community together.’
Kelly West, 40, and her friend Ali Haywood, 43, of Elson, loved the fireworks. Kelly, who brought her daughter Hannah Bray, nine, said: ‘We thought they were brilliant and we loved the music. We were all singing along.’
Captain Trevor Gulley, commanding officer of HMS Sultan, was delighted.
He said: ‘It’s been fantastic. We do this for the people of Gosport, and a huge thank you to my team who have done a lot of overtime to make this happen.
‘It’s about us putting something back into the community.’