Gosport lets residents see what it has going for it

Wearing a Bascinet and armed with a 15th century Flail Mace, Kaylon Lennon (7) is ready for action at Fort Brockhurst.
Wearing a Bascinet and armed with a 15th century Flail Mace, Kaylon Lennon (7) is ready for action at Fort Brockhurst.
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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SCORES of residents showed their support of Gosport activities and enjoyed a big day out.

In all 33 venues took part in Gosport’s Big Day Out yesterday, which is now in its fifth year.

The Gosport Borough Council initiative offers people living in the area the chance to try activities on their doorstep free for a day.

Family fun ranged from heritage and culture venues holding open days, plus sailing and watersports.

Debbie Webb, 44, and Allan Beardsmorn, 45, visited the Explosion Museum, in Heritage Way, with their children Olivia, six, and Kieran, five.

It was the first time the Gosport residents had visited the museum.

Debbie, of Heaton Road, Elson, said: ‘We came out to take advantage of the big day out and like to visit things that are on our own doorstep. We’ve been to the day outs in the past, but this is the first time we have come to the museum.

‘It’s been great for the children and they get to find out more about the place they live in.’

Olivia said: ‘I liked coming to the museum, I dressed up as a worker and enjoyed it.’

Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, had also been out visiting sites.

He said: ‘I went to the 17th Century Village, Fort Brockhurst and the Explosion Museum.

‘The big day out gives people the opportunity for locals to explore activities in Gosport and the full range that is on offer.

‘All the places I went to were well-attended and this is fast becoming an established date in the calendar.

‘I’m grateful to all those involved for opening their doors free to the public, and to residents coming out in support.’