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POMPEY fans were queuing up to dunk David Lampitt into a pool of cold water as part of the first ever Fans Day.

The chief executive of Portsmouth Football Club bravely took several soakings.

GETTING WET Pompey chief executive David Lampitt prepares to be dunked.     Pictures: Malcolm Wells (111617-3390)

GETTING WET Pompey chief executive David Lampitt prepares to be dunked. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (111617-3390)

Fans got the chance to throw balls at a target, which if hit, would release him into a pool of water.

But it was all in good spirits as part of a day created by Pompey supporters to celebrate the club and support The News’ Blue Day appeal.

Mr Lampitt, who lost his glasses during the event, said: ‘This day has been for the fans. It was also a way to show fans that we’re real people and like to get involved.’

Entertainment such as a bouncy castle, teacups ride, face painting, a cake stall and live music, were also on offer.

BLUE Findlay Silver, seven, and Ebony Silver, five.     (111617-3507)

BLUE Findlay Silver, seven, and Ebony Silver, five. (111617-3507)

Pompey fan John Westwood said: ‘This day has been absolutely fantastic. It seems this club is one of the best ones in terms of being close to the fans. Which other club would you see the chief executive take part in a dunk tank?

‘David Lampitt realises what this club means to the people and he joins in with the supporters.’

Fans Day was organised by the Supporter’s Conference – a group which represents all Pompey supporters clubs.

Spokesman Ashley Brown said: ‘This was a chance to get families coming back to Fratton Park and celebrate the positive aspects of the club after a turbulent 12 months.

‘And it exceeded expectations, we’ve had a lot of people come along today.

‘We’re also hoping to raise between £5,000 to £10,000.’

Money raised will be split between the Pompey Sports and Education Foundation and the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – a local charity run by the family of a teenager who died of the bone cancer osteosarcoma which benefits from Blue Day events.

This year’s takes place on Friday, May 6 with a host of events including a Big Blue Walk from Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium from 6pm on the day. There’s no need to register for the walk – turn up with a donation to take part.