Fantastic day of fun at church’s popular fair

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THOUSANDS of people watched dancing, browsed stalls and had a go on fun rides at one of the biggest community events of the year.

The annual May Fair at St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road was packed all day with happy families enjoying a huge variety of entertainment.

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There were performances from Portsmouth dance group Surrender Dance Academy, which saw pupils as young as four on hand to show their dance skills.

And there were Morris dancers, jazz band the Georgina Ramblers and the St Andrews Pipe Band.

Spectator Helen Hipkin, of Southsea, said: ‘I’m impressed with the number of people that came along.

‘The dancing was particularly good, especially the younger ones.

‘Above all it’s a great community day.’

There was plenty for children to do with face painting, games, bouncy castle and pony rides.

Little Xandie Lanzon, seven, was at the fair with grandma Aurelia Lanzon, of The Ridings, Hilsea.

Xandie said: ‘I enjoyed the pony ride, I’ve had a really great day.’

Organiser Father Bob White, of St Mary’s Church, said: ‘I think it’s been one of the busiest years this year.

‘There were about 4,000 programmes handed out in the morning, and that’s not everyone taking one.

‘We’ll have had about 10,000 people pass through.

‘It takes almost a year to organise, but it’s worth it when you see the number of people coming along.

Among the stalls was one for the Big Local Lottery Fund.

Fratton has been awarded £1m by the Big Lottery Fund and ideas are being gathered to see how the money should be spent in the area.

Sharon Court, project leader of the consultation, said: ‘We have had a great response and we are getting lots of comments about the consultation.

‘We’ve been asking people what they think of Fratton and what they would like to see improved.

‘We want to get a team of eight to 10 volunteers to steer the project.’