Dockyard’s visitors boost

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PORTSMOUTH’s Historic Dockyard enjoyed a boost in the number of visitors to its Victorian Festival of Christmas.

Estimates show around 26,500 people attended over the three days last weekend, more than five per cent up on expected numbers.

Robert Bruce, managing director of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, said: ‘It has been a fantastic year for us, one of best in the last 12 years with great new additions and visitor numbers to match.

‘It’s always a joy to see so many smiling faces over the three days, it really showed that the Historic Dockyard has so much to offer and the Christmas spirit is alive and kicking in Portsmouth.’

Next year’s event takes place from November 30 to December 2, 2012.