Green light is given for family festival in Fratton Road

The Festival of Lights organised by Fratton Big Local, at St Mary's Church, Fratton, Portsmouth ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143514-198)
The Festival of Lights organised by Fratton Big Local, at St Mary's Church, Fratton, Portsmouth ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143514-198)

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  • Family festival for Fratton is given the go-ahead
  • There will be market stalls, demonstrations and live music
  • Organisers hope thousands of visitors will attend
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ORGANISERS of a family festival planned to breathe new life into Fratton are delighted the event has been given the go-ahead.

Portsmouth City Council has allowed part of Fratton Road to be closed for the first-ever Fratton Family Day, to take place on Sunday, September 20 from 10am to 4pm.

Everybody’s getting quite excited now and we are all looking forward to it

Anna Potten

The festival will feature more than 30 market stalls as well as live music, a circus workshop and demonstrations from community groups.

The event is being organised by Fratton Big Local and the Fratton Traders’ Association.

Fratton Big Local community development worker Anna Potten said there was already a lot of excitement about the festival.

Ms Potten said: ‘Everybody’s getting quite excited now and we are all looking forward to it.’

Ms Potten said the event built on the success of a lantern parade which was held in Fratton last December.

She said: ‘That event was a great success and it showed that the road could be closed without too much disruption.’

Stages set up at either end of the closed section of road will host bands and solo artists including Jerry Williams, Strumpet Town and The Paper Trains.

Traders’ association chairman Nick Courtney said: ‘It’s an amazing selection of live music and it should be a really good day.’

The council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development Councillor Luke Stubbs said the family day would be an ‘interesting experiment’ he hoped would benefit the neighbourhood.

Cllr Stubbs said: It’s a chance for the Fratton Road traders and the people of Fratton to take action to improve the commercial environment where they live, and celebrate all that is best about the area.’

Lib Dem culture spokesman Cllr Lee Hunt, said he also welcomed the family day. He said: ‘Hopefully it will increase business for the traders and let people know about what is there.’