THE organisers of Victorious Festival are hoping they will smash their target of raising £100,000 for the D-Day Museum.
James Ralls and his team are coughing up some of their own money and are urging visitors to help the venue financially with its plans to become an even bigger attraction.
As reported, the sum will help to go towards a £5m project to help the museum become a national teaching hub on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
It is hoped the Heritage Lottery Fund will contribute £4m and Portsmouth City Council has pledged £350,000.
Mary Verrier, who was a Red Cross nurse during the Second World War, said she was pleased the museum was being given a boost.
‘It’s a really good thing they are doing this,’ she said.
‘I’m proud of the museum. People come here on pilgrimages.’
Mr Ralls said he was proud to be supporting such a worthwhile local cause.
‘It’s local to us and we like to support local things,’ he said.
‘It’s important because this year is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and it is the last time the veterans will get together. Some of my family died in the war.’
Visitors with a festival ticket this weekend will be able to visit the museum.
The venue will be closed to those who do not have a Victorious pass, but will be open to everyone again as normal on Monday.