GOSPORT took on an international flavour as a festival highlighted different cultures.
Saturday marked the first multicultural festival held in the town to celebrate its growing diversity.
Organiser Zenny Valentine, 62, said: ‘There is nothing like this in Gosport for all types of people to get together.
‘I wanted to encourage people of all cultures to come out and have a great day.’
The event in Walpole Park aimed to celebrate different nationalities.
Among the different tents in the park, people were given the chance to taste foreign foods and find out about different ethnicities in Gosport.
Janneth Magdalene runs a Filipino supermarket in London and travelled down to the south coast especially for the festival.
She said: ‘Our business supports Anglo-Filipinos so we wanted to get involved. It’s a very diverse festival and it’s a good chance to meet lots of the community.’
The festival was set up by the Fareham and Gosport Multicultural Society.
Steve Hunt, 52, helps run the society and said the event would take place next year if enough funding is secured.
He said: ‘We can only run events like this with funding – last year we received lottery funding – but this year we’re aiming to get £10,000 so we can do the festival for a second year.’
‘It’s important for Gosport to have events like this. Today, I’ve spoken to Nigerians, Polish and Romanians and we’ve got lots of different cultures running stalls.’
A larger tent in the park kept the crowd entertained with dancers and singers from various ethnicities taking to the stage.
Doreen Kate, 15, from Portsmouth, was one of the singers at the festival and said: ‘I love the atmosphere here. I really enjoyed being on the stage today as I’ve wanted to sing since I can remember.’