Fun on the horizon as Portchester Gala returns

LOOKING GOOD George Scott and Daniel Hawkins on the Andy Pandy pre-school  float at the Portchester Gala last year
LOOKING GOOD George Scott and Daniel Hawkins on the Andy Pandy pre-school float at the Portchester Gala last year
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THERE will be fun for the whole family this weekend as a historic gala makes a return.

Portchester Gala will see a gala procession, a colourful carnival and lots of family activities take place all day.

After months of planning and preparing, the event is set to go ahead with more than 70 volunteers offering their time for free on the day.

But the gala still desperately needs tug-of-war teams for the afternoon competition.

Organiser Sarah Moss said: ‘We’ve got more stalls than ever before but we need tug-of-war teams. There’s a half-firkin of ale up as the top prize, so it’s a really great prize.’

The gala has been organised by the Portchester Community Association (PCA) for the last five years and has been going for over 100 years.

All bucket contributions go towards the running cost of the gala and any money made from the raffle goes towards the Christmas lights which are put up by the association in the shopping precinct.

Sarah wanted to thank everybody for getting involved. She said: ‘Once again, local traders have been magnificent in their support for the gala with donations of prizes, entries in the procession and promotion.’

The PCA moved into a new base on West Street in January after the old Portchester Community Centre was bulldozed and a new one taken over by the Portchester Community School.

Sarah said: ‘What with everything that has happened this year, we’d really like to reassure people that the gala is going ahead. We would also like to thank the precinct traders and charity shops who have made us feel so welcome in our new home.

‘We hope one and all will come to the gala this year and enjoy the best Portchester has to offer with carnival floats, stalls and arena events.’

Teams of six can join the tug-of-war competition by calling Sarah on (023) 9221 0048.

The procession will leave from Wicor Mill public house car park at 11.30am. The gala will be officially opened by the Mayor of Fareham at Portchester Castle at 12.30pm.

For more information go to portchestergala.btck.co.uk.