Gullfest off to a flying start

SKILLS Olivia Rutledge, eight, and Lilly-Grace Rutledge, three, watch Dan Churchley (Strawberry Dan) make balloon models  '    Pictures: Allan Hutchings (151558-351)
SKILLS Olivia Rutledge, eight, and Lilly-Grace Rutledge, three, watch Dan Churchley (Strawberry Dan) make balloon models ' Pictures: Allan Hutchings (151558-351)
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BANDS, an outside bar and fun for the kids were all part of a pub’s charity event.

The Seagull, in Portchester, put on its first GullFest and it was a hit with the customers.

With 12 live bands, a bouncy castle, outside bar and barbecue, the pub was full of happy visitors on Saturday afternoon.

And thanks to the event’s success, The Seagull could look to make it an annual event.

Bar supervisor Deanna Giddings said: ‘It was a good event and the pub was really busy.

‘Everyone seemed to be having a good time and there was something for all the family to enjoy.

‘This was the first time we have done something like this and we are thinking about making it an annual thing.’

She added: ‘Having the outside bar was great because parents could sit outside while their children played on the bouncy castle.’

Couple Jack and Amy Lewis, from Paulsgrove, went along.

Jack, 28, said: ‘It has been a really good day and I think it’s good that everyone can come here and have a good time, including families. More community events like this should be held here.’

GullFest was also raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity supported by the pub’s owners Greene King.

Around £1,160 was raised which Deanna said was more than expected.

‘With this being the first event we have held, we weren’t sure how much we would raise,’ she said. ‘But we are really happy with that amount. It’s fantastic.

‘It was such a good day.’