AN EXPLOSIVE success was the outcome of the first joint fireworks display from two Emsworth schools.
Emsworth Primary School, in Victoria Road, and St James’ Primary School, in Bellevue Lane, teamed up to entertain 700 people on a chilly November night.
Despite rain throughout Saturday, the clouds dispersed in the evening, allowing the fireworks to light up the sky above Emsworth Primary School.
“They’ve been brilliant,” said Hayley Treagust, from Emsworth, who brought her five-year-old daughter Faye Roberts to see the show.
“I went to Gunwharf and these were much better.”
Faye’s grandad Simon Turner came along and also enjoyed it.
“It was a much better show than I thought was possible, given it was only school fireworks.
“They should be very proud of themselves for what they have put on tonight.”
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was also on hand with a fire engine for youngsters to take a look around.
One of the children who took a look was three-year-old Lucas Whitlock.
His mum, Zelda, said it had been a great atmosphere.
Emworth Primary School head teacher Kate Fripp praised organiser Natasha Duffett, vice-chairman of school’s PTA and said the evening had been ‘just amazing’.
She wanted to stress the fact the evening brought the two schools and the community together to work as a team.
Prior to the fireworks, the Big Noise Community Samba Band from Gosport also performed.
Gig co-ordinator Jackie Searle said the band really appreciated being invited to perform.
“It’s a really lovely atmosphere and we’re thrilled to be part of it,” she said.
Proceeds from the event will be split between the two schools.