IT’S supposedly one of the most haunted houses in England – but that didn’t stop people flocking to a tea party at Wymering Manor.
The house, the oldest in Portsmouth, played host to families eating cake, drinking tea and having a great time.
The party was held to raise money to help preserve the building.
A total of £15,000 has been raised already with a further £300 added to that total from the party.
The money will go towards plumbing, electrics and getting rid of asbestos.
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is the chairwoman of the Wymering Manor Trust, which organised and held the event.
She said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant.
‘We had lots of people come down and many of them bought along some cakes.
‘We had people having picnics and it was incredibly successful.
‘We held a cupcake decorating competition in which loads of people entered but we also had face painting, games and general stuff going on.’
As well as families from the area, people who had family connections to the manor also attended and Ms Mordaunt said it was great hearing all the stories.
She added: ‘It was nice to hear from the families who had relatives hear and it was great seeing all their family trees. It was a great success and the new volunteers who organised it can be proud.’
As previously reported in The News, it is hoped at least £3,000 will be raised each month from the autumn.
Lot of fundraising events are being planned for Halloween and Bonfire Night as well as a dinner being held at The Pizza House restaurant, in Hilsea, on September 12. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought from the restaurant.