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A NEW event is set to take place in Southsea next month to celebrate all that’s fantastic about the area.

The Love Southsea event, on Castle Field, has been set up by Louise Whitmore and Fergie Cox.

They have started slowly, hosting a Halloween and Christmas party for Southsea’s youngsters, as well as organising monthly markets in the Square Tower.

‘This is the first time we’ve organised anything outdoors,’ said Louise.

‘It’s a family day to celebrate the people in Southsea.’

The event is set to take place on Sunday, July 3 from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.

Around 30,000 people are expected on the common during the weekend, as it coincides with the Armed Forces Veteran Weekend, and a Live at the Bandstand event.

The Love Southsea event will be raising money for two charities: the Falklands Veterans and Help for Heroes.

The idea is to ask local businesses and organisations from around the south to book stalls within the event’s Sellers Row, or for them to host sideshow games which visitors pay to take part in, with all money going to charity.

For those firms or organisations which host games, their stall hire will be free of charge.

The idea behind Love Southsea came from Louise who, from the time she was born in St Mary’s Hospital, has not left the area.

She said: ‘I loved what the organisers behind the Love Albert Road events did, and I wanted to do something similar for Southsea.

‘I have three children and my partner and I opened Love Southsea to have more affordable things on offer for children to go to.

‘We wanted to bring something to Southsea that was really just a good day out.’

Organisations such as the Historic Dockyard, Aspex Gallery, The Pyramids Centre, Groundlings Theatre Company, Pets At Home, Boathouse No 7, Action Stations, UniGoGo, The Southsea Castle, and The Kings Theatre have already signed up to take part.

There will be a roadshow from Radio Solent at the event, and a packed programme of events in the field.

Fergie said: ‘In the middle of the fete there will be an arena to show acts throughout the day.

‘There will be a fire eater show, with free children’s circus skills, a dog show, performances from Manic Dance productions and a stunt show from Harley Elliott.’

See lovesouthsea.co.uk.