Buzz as Gosport comes alive for annual Big Day Out

MADE UP Kieran Staines, four, from Gosport, having his face painted. Picture: Sarah Standing (131495-7010)
MADE UP Kieran Staines, four, from Gosport, having his face painted. Picture: Sarah Standing (131495-7010)
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TRANSFORMING a town can take years of hard work.

But yesterday at 10am Gosport revealed it had turned itself into a mecca for fun as the annual Big Day Out kicked off.

There was a huge selection of events across many locations, including Stokes Bay, the town centre and Fort Brockhurst.

Pete Garland, 46, of Clifton Street, Brockhurst, Gosport, was with his children Stan, 15, and Bobbie, 11, at the funfair near Stokes Bay.

Stan, a Year 10 pupil at Brune Park School, had already been fishing at Fort Brockhurst before testing out his fitness on a rowing machine at the funfair.

He said: ‘I was rubbish, I didn’t catch anything.

‘It was at Fort Brockhurst moat, I put some bait on it to hopefully get a fish.

‘I’ve been here a couple of years before.

‘I really want to go on the Zorb ball.’

His sister Bobbie was waiting for their mum to come along with the picnic but was also keen to have a go in the inflatable Zorb balls.

Kristie Burton, of Walpole Terrace, Gosport, was celebrating her 21st birthday while enjoying the day’s events with her one-year-old daughter Bonnie Brundish.

She was with partner Shane Brundish, 28, and his son Kien, eight.

She said: ‘It’s awesome, there are loads of free things for all the families and it’s nice weather for it as well.

‘It promotes Gosport and the local community.

‘People aren’t just hanging around the streets – it’s a nice end to half-term.’

And for the first time, the event saw the town centre being fully used, with 1920s dance classes.

Visitors learnt how to dance the Charleston and swing, disco and street music.