Cosham fireworks 2018: Display to go ahead as planned despite weather

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A popular Portsmouth fireworks display will go ahead as planned despite the poor weather in the city throughout the day. 

The city council have confirmed that the King George V playing fields display will be taking place tonight. 

Fireworks. Picture: Sarah Standing

Fireworks. Picture: Sarah Standing

Portsmouth has been hit by heavy rain throughout the day – although that is expected to clear by the time the fireworks begin, according to the Met Office forecast. 

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Here's what you need to know about the event:

What time does it start? 

The event will begin at 4pm with a funfair, with the bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks beginning at 7.30pm. 

Do you need tickets?

The firework display is free – so you won't need to purchase tickets. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said:  ‘Our free annual fireworks display is always really popular and attracts lots of people from across the city. 

‘Arrive early, bring your friends and family and enjoy the evening and the display.’ 

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What about parking? 

The display, funded by Portsmouth City Council always draws the crowds so please avoid driving if possible although parking is available at Lakeside.

Please follow the advice from marshals and use the underpass from Lakeside to the event site to avoid crossing Western Road. 

Visitors are also asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the display, as these are not permitted on site, as they are a health and safety risk.