FUN-LOVERS in Gosport are being encouraged to let their hair down as a two-week celebration of the town kicks off this weekend.
Celebrate! Gosport has been organised by Gosport Borough Council in a bid to showcase all that is good about the town.
The event begins on Saturday with Zapcat racing in the Solent.
And this Sunday will see Gosport’s Big Day Out, which is now in its fourth year.
It will feature vintage open top bus trips, a Gosport’s Got Talent contest, and the Lee-on-the-Solent seaside extravaganza with a bouncy castle, puppet shows and donkey rides.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘People who live in Gosport should be proud of their town and proud to show the town off and all the good things that there are.
‘I’m hoping that people will embrace it and will recognise that this is all about celebrating Gosport.
‘Hopefully some of the sporting clubs and community associations will get membership out of it too.
‘One of the important things is that you always hear that there is nothing to do in Gosport but actually when you look around, there is so much to do.
‘There is so much that is free as well.
‘Hopefully this will just encourage people to go and find out more about the town they live in.’
Other activities taking place across the fortnight include helicopter rides across Portsmouth Harbour, taster sessions for judo and Zumba classes, a murder mystery night and a talk about the history of the Gosport Ferry.
It will also include the popular Sultan show, which takes place on the weekend of Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.
The final night of Celebrate! Gosport will feature a fireworks display and live music provided by bands including Big Brother Soul and Queen tribute act, Killer Queen.
‘It is fitting that Big Brother Soul and a tribute to probably the best band in the world should put the finishing touches to what will be a great fortnight of activities,’ added Cllr Hook.
To find out more about Celebrate! Gosport, visit gosport.gov.uk