Hundreds have fun at Portchester Gala

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THE streets were lined with hundreds of onlookers as Portchester gala paraded through the village.

Among the floats were Castle Primary School, the Friends of Redbarn School, the Port Solent Day Nursery and Andy Pandy Pre-School.

The Portchester Gala took place on Saturday along White Hart Lane, Portchester.''Pictured is: The trikes during the procession.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131674-9186)

The Portchester Gala took place on Saturday along White Hart Lane, Portchester.''Pictured is: The trikes during the procession.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131674-9186)

Castle Primary went with a Willy Wonka theme complete with Oompa Loompas, whereas Friends of Redbarn School were dressed as farmers.

Lynn Seymour was walking with the Willy Wonka float. She said: ‘It’s good fun.’

Other highlights included acrobatics, majorettes from Southern Starlights, and a performance from the Aziza Egyptian Dance Group.

The 3rd Portchester Scouts paraded and the Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band played.

Joyce Bryant, 78, from White Hart Lane, said: ‘It’s very good. People put a lot into it. I liked the motorbikes, the big ones. It’s great to watch.’

Her neighbour Lillian Close, 83, was watching the parade with her great-granddaughter, nine-month old Alyssa.

Lillian said: ‘The gala is very good. I’ve been watching the parade for around 40 years. All the children love it. It’s nice for the little ones.’

The parade ended up at Portchester Castle, where a whole host of family activities took place in the afternoon.

Portchester Community Association have put on the gala for the past five years, although the parade has been going for more than 100 years.