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SOUTHSEA Castle has celebrated the opening of its new cafe.

The castle, which sits close to the seafront in Southsea, has refurbished the western bailey to house a 60-seat cafe, which will be run by company Yellow Kite.

And from today visitors will no longer have to pay to enter the castle.

Councillor Lee Hunt, who is in charge of culture, leisure and sport issues at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I’m delighted at this new venture with Yellow Kite, which means visitors will no longer be charged to look around Southsea Castle.

‘The new addition of a cafe within the walls of the castle is a real treat and another excuse to pay a visit.

‘The free entry is a small token for residents especially, and we hope many people take the opportunity to visit this impressive landmark and, of course, try the refreshments at the new cafe.’

The cafe has been funded by the Healthy Towns initiative and will be open from Tuesdays to Sundays until the end of October.

A host of activities have also been lined up to take place throughout this summer.

Gambol Parker, chief executive of Yellow Kite, said: ‘Yellow Kite is a social enterprise which means we’re about serving great healthy food which is also good value for money.’