PORTSMOUTH is your city – now we want to hear all the reasons why you think it’s great.
Today The News is helping to launch a Passion for Portsmouth campaign to celebrate the city and its many attractions.
We want people to forget for a moment some of the doom and gloom around the world and to start thinking about the great things right on our doorsteps.
As part of this we are inviting you to take part in what we are hoping will be the biggest survey of what people love about Portsmouth – and what steps you would take to make it even better.
The initiative is supported by a number of businesses and organisations across the area – including Portsmouth FC, Highbury College, Marriott Hotels, Express FM, IBM and Portsmouth City Council.
Editor of The News, Mark Waldron, said: ‘We all have our own particular reasons why we love our great city – but perhaps we don’t do enough to shout about it.
‘The point of Passion for Portsmouth is to focus everyone’s thoughts on why we should rightly feel proud about Portsmouth.’
Throughout the coming weeks we will be highlighting the things that make Portsmouth so special, starting today with what makes us a great waterfront city.
Tourism and visitors services manager for the city council, Drusilla Moody, said it was time to make a fuss about what the city has to offer.
‘Sometimes people can just think all we have is historic ships,’ she said. ‘But there is an incredible diversity of people, events and activities.
‘Portsmouth has so much going on, from its live music scene, to the two theatres and cathedrals, to the university and even our new ferry terminal.’
Stella Mbubaegbu is the principal of Highbury College and chairwoman of a group of businesses in charge of giving the city’s image an overhaul.
‘We want to know what people think we should be shouting about,’ she said. ‘We are passionate about this city, and think it is a great place to live, start a business, and invest for the future.
‘Our group wants to find out what the most important things are to the people who live here.’
You can take the Passion for Portsmouth test by going to portsmouth.co.uk or by filling out the form on page 13.
A passionate family who love living in a great city
THREE generations of the Sait family live in Portsmouth – and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Carrie-Anne, 29, was born in the city and opened the Southzone Dance Academy eight years ago.
Now she lives in Portsmouth Road in Cosham, and said working with Portsmouth’s young people was a dream come true.
‘Nothing makes me happier than to see how well they’re doing,’ she said. ‘We also work with the council and help put on brilliant events like Southsea Carnival,’ added Carrie-Anne, pictured left and on the front page with two-year-old son Dylan and dad Ron.
‘We are so lucky in this city, we have a great community and the seafront is right on our doorstep. Sometimes I think we take it for granted because it’s so close.’
She added that Portsmouth was also the perfect place to bring up Dylan.
Ron, 65, who has lived in Portsmouth most of his life, said: ‘This city just has a sense of living history that I haven’t found anywhere else. And from the Great South Run to Southsea Carnival, nowhere does big events like we do.’