More than 10,000 families soak up atmosphere at Cosham’s annual bonfire and fireworks display

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MORE than 10,000 families braved the gloom to make Cosham’s bonfire and fireworks display a success.

Drizzly weather didn’t dampen the spirits of visitors who enjoyed an evening of fun and entertainment on King George V Playing Fields.

Keely Fryer, 11, with her sister Millie, nine, and brother Liam, six, and their stepmum Lisa Budd Picture: Keith Woodland (151876-308)

Keely Fryer, 11, with her sister Millie, nine, and brother Liam, six, and their stepmum Lisa Budd Picture: Keith Woodland (151876-308)

Crowds huddled together to watch a huge wood fire being lit on the field and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, lead a countdown before the fireworks burst to life.

Children enjoyed playing at a funfair and there were live music performances to kick the night off.

Lee Trower, of North End, had a great time with his daughters Amelie, seven and Gracie, 10.

An excited Amelie said: ‘We wanted to come and have a nice evening and watch the fireworks.

It’s unbelievable that the people once again have turned out in their thousands to enjoy themselves.

Councillor Frank Jonas, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth

‘It’s a nice thing to do together.’

Brother and sister Connor and Jessica Bowdery came along with their friends Ghislaine and Shaun Wellgreen.

Connor and Jessica’s mum Jennifer, 43, of Cosham, said: ‘It’s a great local event, it’s fun and on our doorstep. The atmosphere is great and the fireworks are brilliant.’

Cllr Jonas said: ‘It’s unbelievable that the people once again have turned out in their thousands to enjoy themselves. It just shows what a spirit we have got in the city.

Picture: Keith Woodland (151876-201)

Picture: Keith Woodland (151876-201)

‘There are people of all ages here, it’s great.’

Stewards said between 10,000 and 15,000 people turned out for the annual spectacle.