Gosport Boat Jumble Sale a success after 10-year absence

From left, one of the founders of Gosport Marine Scene Abby Thomson, sailing star Alex Thomson, Alex's son Oscar Thomson, Mayor of Gosport Keith Gill, mayoress Eira Gill, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, director of Gosport Marine Scene Tim Newell, Gosport Marine Scene secretary Peter Cardy, and crouching, Councillor John Beavis and Haslar Marina manager Ben Lippiett
From left, one of the founders of Gosport Marine Scene Abby Thomson, sailing star Alex Thomson, Alex's son Oscar Thomson, Mayor of Gosport Keith Gill, mayoress Eira Gill, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, director of Gosport Marine Scene Tim Newell, Gosport Marine Scene secretary Peter Cardy, and crouching, Councillor John Beavis and Haslar Marina manager Ben Lippiett
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THOUSANDS of people enjoyed a morning in the sunshine at a boat jumble.

Haslar Marina welcomed boat enthusiasts to the return of the Gosport Boat Jumble Sale for the first time since it was stopped 10 years ago.

A range of 90 stalls were set up selling different items from paint and sails to small boats and motors.

The event was organised by Gosport Marine Scene, a group which publicises the town and its maritime businesses, and Fareham promotions firm Chaddock and Fox, which helps to organise other boat jumbles across the UK.

Gosport Marine Scene director Tim Newell said: ‘We wanted to resurrect the Gosport Boat Jumble which used to be held twice a year.

‘We got in touch with Chaddock and Fox which was happy to help organise it.

‘It has taken a couple of years to do but it is great to see it finally happen.

‘The sale was about the community and showing how much Gosport has to offer in the marine sector.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage visited the jumble along with sailing star Alex Thomson, who is based in Gosport.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘The turnout for the jumble sale was incredible. Everyone was enjoying themselves and the weather was amazing.

‘The sale is what Gosport Marine Scene is all about. It was started to promote the area as world-class for the marine and sailing industry.’

Alex, who is the fastest Britain to sail single-handedly non-stop around the globe, added: ‘The event was amazing. It was organised brilliantly and is something that people want.’

Gosport Marine Scene and Chaddock and Fox will now look to hold it each year.

Chris Chaddock said: ‘We were really pleased with the turnout. We had people queueing outside so it is something that people want. Haslar Marina is a great location and they gave us the space for free which was really good.’

Gosport Marine Scene was able to give free stall space to Gosport firms and services to promote them.

Simon Sheehan, owner of You Boat Marine, on Endeavour Quay, off Mumby Road, said the event was perfect.

‘I travel across the country for boat jumble sales,’ he said.

‘So to have one right on my doorstep is perfect.’