What you need to know about Portsmouth’s big fireworks display.

The display last year
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Portsmouth City Council’s annual bonfire and fireworks display will he held on Wednesday. Here’s our essential guide on how to enjoy the fun.

Where?: King George V Playing Fields

When?: Wednesday, 4 November. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas leading the countdown to the fireworks at 7.30pm.

How long is the display?: The show will last 20 minutes and will feature music from the last five decades - everything from the Beatles and Queen to One Direction and Adele.

Is there entertainment before the fireworks?: Yes, the fun begins at 4pm with a children’s funfair for under-12s and the main stage comes to life at 6pm with a mix of live music and entertainment provided by Wave 105. Performances will include local singer songwriter Jerry Williams and family group JAGMAC.

How do we get there?: Thousands are expected to attend the event, so residents are asked to walk or use public transport where possible to prevent traffic congestion.

Anyone who does need to drive can park at Lakeside 1000 for £2. Any unauthorised vehicles parked on yellow lines and grass verges may be towed away.

The event takes place next to Western Road which has a 70mph speed limit, pedestrians are asked not to try to cross the road but instead to use the available subways and follow advice from marshals. For help planning your journey visit myjourneyportsmouth.com

Can I bring my own fireworks?: People are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the display, as they are dangerous and will not be permitted.

What are people saying about the event?: Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones said: “Cosham’s annual bonfire and fireworks are fantastic and I’m delighted the council has been able to organise this for the community once again. I’m looking forward to another fun-filled family event and hope as many people as possible come along to enjoy the entertainment.”

Mick Balch, managing director of L&S Waste Management, one of the company’s providing wood for the bonfire, said: “L&S Waste is delighted to be able to support Portsmouth City Council again this year with firewood as well as equipment for the clean-up operation.

“We have been operating a range of waste services in and around Portsmouth for more than 20 years, and employ over 100 local people, many of whom will take their families to see the show.

“The council does a fantastic job in organising and running this event, and we hope that everyone has a fantastic night and enjoys the show.”

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