Popular charity show is a jolly day out in sunshine

18/08/12  ''The Collins family on holiday from Manchester enjoy the RUF Basics show on Castle Field in Southsea. (left to right), dad Jason, with daughters Mackenzie (eight), Isobella (six), and mum Amanda. [07824816152]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122769-1)
18/08/12 ''The Collins family on holiday from Manchester enjoy the RUF Basics show on Castle Field in Southsea. (left to right), dad Jason, with daughters Mackenzie (eight), Isobella (six), and mum Amanda. [07824816152]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122769-1)

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THE sun was shining gloriously on Southsea as thousands of people visited a long-running charity show.

Castle Field was transformed into an arena with all sorts of activities going on inside.

18/08/12  ''Hampshire Goldwing Riders were in attendance at the RUF Basics show on Castle Field in Southsea. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122769-2)

18/08/12 ''Hampshire Goldwing Riders were in attendance at the RUF Basics show on Castle Field in Southsea. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122769-2)

Men donned skirts and performed a majorette routine – attracting plenty of laughs.

The Dolphin Marching Band created a nostalgic atmosphere, while members of Fratton-based Surrender Dance Academy strutted their stuff.

West End star Amelia Cormack was pitch-perfect as she sang her heart out.

The Ruf show has been going for 27 years and is organised by the Raven family from Southsea.

The show was started to raise money for a hospital scanner and has raised cash for several organisations over the years.

For the last few years the proceeds have gone to Basics Hampshire, which provides volunteer doctors to attend emergency incidents such as car crashes.

Faith Raven, 50, of St Ann’s Road, Southsea, aid: ‘There was lots to see in the arena.’

‘It was very hot!’

Many people got to have their picture taken with the Olympic torch, courtesy of staff from The Akash restaurant in Albert Road, Southsea.

The stunning torch was donated by 34-year-old Sammie Roden, from Portsmouth, who was a torchbearer in Petworth, West Sussex.

Sammie has recently been diagnosed with lupus, an auto-immune disease that attacks the body’s organs.

Ramona Carraretto, 19, who works at The Akash, said: ‘There’s no cure for it. By giving money to this trust, maybe we can find a solution.’

It is hoped the show will raise hundreds of pounds for Basics.

Lynne Caine, fundraising co-ordinator, from Waterlooville, said: ‘A lot of seriously-ill patients are missing out on a doctor at the roadside. They sometimes die or it takes them longer to recover because of the injuries they have.

‘Our doctors can anaesthetise, amputate and give drugs by the roadside that paramedics can’t do.

‘We have to do things like this to keep the service going.’

A highlight of the day was firefighters showing the crowds how they cut people out of cars after collisions.

Mrs Caine added: ‘They are very slick and very clever. They do an amazing job.’