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.
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.
‘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.