WATCH: Gunwharf Quays’ annual fireworks extravaganza wows crowds

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THOUSANDS of people watched in awe as a stunning display of fireworks filled the sky over the Solent at Gunwharf Quays.

The retail and leisure outlet held its annual fireworks extravaganza for Guy Fawkes Night yesterday.

Gunwharf Quays' 2018 fireworks extravaganza

Gunwharf Quays' 2018 fireworks extravaganza

Crowds of friends and families enjoyed a spectacular pyrotechnic display to music after entertainment from singer songwriters Chelcee Grimes and JP Cooper.

Colin Wilding, general manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘Gunwharf has been putting on a display since 2001 so this was our 17th event.

‘We partnered with Pains Fireworks to create a 17-minute display which is incredibly technical.

‘Two barges are loaded with fireworks, which are all set on timers, so they go off at exactly the right moment to sync with music.

Mia Cripps, 4, with her brother Sam Cripps Picture: Habibur Rahman

Mia Cripps, 4, with her brother Sam Cripps Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘The barges then sail out into position in the Solent and are launched from the stage at Gunwharf.

‘The height the fireworks reach is managed from the shore, based on the weather conditions in the Solent.

‘This year again proved to be a huge success with thousands of guests watching.’

Live music with Chelcee Grimes Picture: Habibur Rahman

Live music with Chelcee Grimes Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

Gunwharf Quays fireworks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman