Let’s make 2012 a year to remember across Gosport

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WITH the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic games, 2012 promises to be memorable.

So to mark this, Gosport Borough Council is hosting a six-month celebration to unite communities and to make it a year to remember.

Celebrate Gosport will include the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, Gosport’s Waterfront Festival in Walpole Park and the town’s Big Day Out – where many attractions open up for free for one day only.

Now, the council is encouraging people to get into the community spirit and contact the authority with events they are hosting across the town in 2012.

Council leader Mark Hook said: ‘It’s all part of the “Big Society”. It’s all part of being in a community and having a community spirit.

‘There is so much going on that we are bringing it together so that people know what is going on in Gosport.

‘We have got the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

‘We can all be down and gloomy about the economic situation but we are trying to put on events which are free or which will put a smile on people’s faces and just give a lift to people.

‘It’s great to tell them what’s going on.

‘We want people to go out and enjoy themselves. It’s frustrating when people say there isn’t much in Gosport.

‘But if they take the time and trouble to find out there are a tremendous amount of things to do.

‘There is something for everyone in Gosport.’

Now, people from across the borough are being asked to contribute to Celebrate Gosport.

In April, the council will be producing a booklet which will advertise sporting and cultural events and activities being held in the borough this year.

‘If anyone has got any activities going on then by all means let us know and we will include that as part of what’s happening,’ added Cllr Hook.

Anyone who is planning an event between May 1 and September 30 should visit gosport.gov.uk/ celebrategosport2012 or call (023) 9254 5307.

And remember to let The News know so we can come along and cover your event.

Call the Gosport office on (023) 9258 4503.