Port Solent Christmas Festival draws in the crowds

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THE boardwalk was bustling with shoppers at the Port Solent Christmas Festival.

Wine, jams, chutneys and home-made cakes were just some of the delights at the dozens of stalls.

Natt Boarer, 30, from Portsea, was selling chutneys to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

He said: ‘The range has gone from six jars to now being 10 jars.

‘The charity support the serving and also the ex-serving personnel.

‘It’s important for our navy to understand they are appreciated.’

Entertainment on the day included a dancing tea lady, who strutted her stuff on a pair of stilts.

Stall-holder Carla Van Kooperen, 42, from Cosham, who sold her home-made cakes, said: ‘It’s always good here – they do a good job at drawing in the crowds.

‘We are an independent bakers and we like to come along to these things.’

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