Cosham’s high street to host fun day

Georgia Houghton and Alex Dutton from The Merch Hut are looking forward to the Fun Day.

Georgia Houghton and Alex Dutton from The Merch Hut are looking forward to the Fun Day.

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Disney characters, bands, a bouncy castle and street stalls will all be part of the action in Cosham’s High Street tomorrow.

The pedestrian zone is to host a Love Cosham Fun Day from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Organiser Alex Dutton, who co-owns clothing and DVD shop The Merch Hut, says the family-friendly event is designed to raise the profile of the area.

Alex says: ‘We want to drive as much footfall to Cosham as we can and this should be a fun event for the community to enjoy.

‘There will be all kinds of things happening.

‘We’ve got a lot of music – there will be a band called Mr Meanor and other other acoustic performers.

‘There will also be two street dance crews called Street Force and South Zone Street Dance putting on demonstrations.’

Alex says there will be people dressed up as popular children’s characters including Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants and Spider-Man.

Also there will be the characters from the much-loved Disney film Frozen including Anna, Elsa and Olaf .

Other attractions for youngsters will include a bouncy castle, face painting, juniors’ disco, soft play and glitter tattoos.

Alex says businesses will host street stalls with giveaways, competitions and special offers.

‘Even Subway is getting in on the act,’ he says.

‘They have a brilliant idea called “man versus food”, which is a challenge for people to see if they can eat a huge sub in 20 minutes.

‘ If they do, they get it for free.’

The bakery Greggs will have a voucher giveaway and Game On will have a raffle and XBox/PS3 giveaway.

Alex says the team at his shop wanted to organise the fun day to bring more people to Cosham.

‘There are quite a few street events down in Southsea and even in Fratton but there’s not much happening up here in Cosham.

‘We have been here for six months now and we’ve seen quite a few shops close down already.

‘We don’t want people to forget about Cosham, because the area has got a lot to offer.’

Alex says he hopes the event will attract up to 1,500 people.

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