HUNDREDS of pounds were raised at a summer fete, which went to an armed forces charity.
The Carlton Club, in Portsdown Avenue, Drayton, held the event in aid of Help for Heroes, where £2,500 was raised.
It was opened by Portsmouth Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas.
Leslie Minty, chairman of the club, said: ‘We were delighted when the Lord Mayor accepted the invitation in the first place.
‘We certainly did not expect him to not only open the fete, but also to spend a further two hours going around all of the stalls and children’s attractions.
‘He made a very sincere and heartfelt speech and made sure he spoke to every stallholder.
‘With his help we managed to raise the fantastic sum of £2,500 for Help for Heroes.’
She added: ‘The children were thrilled with the fire engine being there.
‘We have a Lord Mayor who is a credit to our fine city.
‘He is a very caring and compassionate man, who is genuinely interested in our community.’
Firefighters from Cosham fire station were on hand to give a talk on safety in the home and children were given the chance to sit inside a fire engine.
People were also entertained by The Solent Junior School Dancers, The Yee Haa Stompers, and The Serenity Twirl Dancers.