All the fun of the fair at the Rowner carnival

Siskin Infants School evacuees are, from the left, Dylan Crawford-Flanaghan, Hannah Moffat and William Aspinall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141999-4)
Siskin Infants School evacuees are, from the left, Dylan Crawford-Flanaghan, Hannah Moffat and William Aspinall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141999-4)

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THERE was a carnival atmosphere in Rowner as people enjoyed an annual summer event.

Siskin Schools in Nimrod Drive, in the heart of Rowner, was transformed on Saturday as visitors packed in for the carnival.

A 1940s-themed procession was held from the playing fields, and wound its way through the area during the afternoon.

A wealth of stalls and attractions were on offer, including face painting, a tombola, lucky dip and sweets stall among others.

Arena performances were given by local Morris Dancing group Bells and Arrows Morris Dancing, and from young members of the local Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Association, which teaches children from the age of five up to adults.

Some brave attendees had a go on the Bucking Bronco, while others took in stalls including Haslar Radio, Fareham and Gosport Family Aid and Rowner Community Trust.

The community came together to make the carnival a success, including people who ran various stalls and gave up their time to volunteer at the carnival.

Young members of the Sixth Gosport (Rowner) Air Scout group gave up their Saturday to run a tombola.

The carnival was held in the heart of the Rowner development.

Among those who attended was mum-of-wight Mo Longhurst, 37, of nearby Derby Court.

She said: ‘The kids go to the school, it’s something we do – it’s a community thing.’

Friend and mum-of-six Lucy Goff, 36, said: ‘My kids are at the school.

‘It’s a good event.’

Rose Anderson of Rowner Community Events which organised the carnival, said: ‘We took on doing the carnival this year – nobody else was doing it.

‘We’ve tried to make it more of a family day.

‘The procession is 1940s, because of the 100th anniversary since the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

‘We’re raising money for the next event at Christmas.

‘We want to turn Rowner into a Winter Wonderland – we can raise enough money.

‘We need about £1,500 to £2,000 which we want to raise from this and other events.’