Marketplace Music is a hit with shoppers

Lewis Hine and his mum Emma at the Friend Finder Prom 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170626-1)

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MARKETPLACE Music has been hailed a huge success by organisers.

Music rang out around Waterlooville town centre on Saturday with bands and musicians from across the area performing at many different venues.

Rosemary Wilson, chairman of Waterlooville Business Association, which organised the event, said: ‘It was brilliant, absolutely fantastic.

‘It was our best ever. There were lots of people standing around listening.

‘It began several years ago after former Waterlooville councillor Penny Moss saw a similar festival in France and thought it would be great for Waterlooville. She is a director of the business association.‘

The dozens of bands who performed for delighted shoppers included Spinnaker brass band, Denmead Brass, the Salvation Army band, musicians from Horndean Technology College, Saxophony and Brass Reflections.

They set up their stages outside Waitrose, the fountain, the town clock, the police station, in Wellington Walk and the Halifax.

The event was sponsored by Hampshire County Councillor Ian Beagley, Gray Associates, Amberley Jewellers and Finishing Touch carpet retailers.