The fireworks display at Alexandra Park has had to be cancelled for safety reasons but fireworks on Southsea common will still go ahead.

It had been hoped both displays could continue but a late change in wind direction meant the Alexandra Park event can’t happen as crowds might be at risk. The bigger space available on Southsea Common means it can still go ahead as a larger safety zone can be created.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council and Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “We’re really disappointed we can’t hold the fireworks at Alexandra Park, we know a lot of people were looking forward to it but safety has to be out first consideration. Unfortunately outside events at this time of year can be effected by weather and this happens to our firework displays every few years but I’m pleased we’ve been able to keep the Southsea event in place, albeit slightly smaller than planned.”