Fun and games at children’s garden party

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  • Party had a VE Day theme
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YOUNGSTERS got into the spirit of Victory in Europe Day commemorations at a children’s garden party.

More than 50 children and their families were at the party at the Rose in June pub in Copnor, Portsmouth.

MAGICAL DAY Magician Peter Randini and Scarlett Fraser at the Rose in June's garden party. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (150749-446)

MAGICAL DAY Magician Peter Randini and Scarlett Fraser at the Rose in June's garden party. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (150749-446)

Fun and games included a Punch and Judy show, egg-and-spoon and three-legged races, a bouncy castle, magic show and face-painting.

Many youngsters dressed in the fashions of the 1940s to mark the party’s VE Day theme.

The pub is owned by Paul Saynor, 62, his wife Mary and their business partners Paul and Caroline Taylor.

Paul said they started hosting the garden party in 2012 to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee and it had grown from there.

I’ve been bouncing in the bouncy castle and running around a lot.

Jack Chamberlain

‘We wanted to do something like a street party, but in the garden,’ he said.

‘It was so successful we thought we’d have it every year and last year we had two of them.

‘It’s all about bringing the community together and providing a safe place for the kids to run around and have fun.

‘We’ve got a good crowd here, mums and dads and grandparents as well.’

Six-year-old Jorja Hakin was dressed in an old-fashioned nurse’s uniform, complete with cape.

Jorja, from Copnor, said she got to take part in the magic show.

She said: ‘I shuffled some cards and put them into a dog’s mouth.

‘Then he found a card that I picked out.’

Her mum, Dawn Cooper, 35, was one of the many parents there enjoying the party.

Dawn said: ‘We come every year. It’s always a great event and a good chance for the kids to run around outside.’

Another youngster, nine-year-old Jack Chamberlain, from Fratton, was dressed as an evacuee. Jack said the party was a lot of fun.

He said: ‘The Punch and Judy show was funny. I’ve been bouncing in the bouncy castle and running around a lot.’

Paul said the pub would probably host another garden party in August.