PRIDE in Portsmouth shone from the face of the new Lord Mayor at a colourful city service.
Councillor Cheryl Buggy had a beaming smile as she spoke of her tremendous passion for the city and its people at a service at Portsmouth Cathedral.
The annual city service yesterday was a celebration of community life and the strong neighbourly bond that unites people in Portsmouth.
Before the service got under way, Cllr Buggy, at her first official event as Lord Mayor and dressed in her majestic robes, led a civic procession around the cathedral.
She was joined by a representative of the police, the city coroner, local MPs, and other dignitaries.
During the service, led by The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph, prayers were said for all Portsmouth citizens and the ‘peace-makers and peace-keepers who seek to keep this world secure and free’.
After the service, Cllr Buggy told The News: ‘It reminds me what it’s all about – being kind to each other, looking out for each other and being grateful.
‘I think sometimes in the rush of every day, we are busy looking for what is not working, and forgetting some of the basic things in life.
‘We live in a beautiful city and there’s so much to offer.’
Asked why she loved Portsmouth, she said ‘the fresh air’ and the history.
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said: ‘I think it’s tremendously important we come together to mark not just our city life, but also our role in the national interest as well.
‘I am proud of what we do for the country, of our sense of community and identity.’
Asked what she loves about the city, Ms Mordaunt, who grew up in Purbrook and now lives at Port Solent, said: ‘If something goes wrong in the community or a family suffers a tragedy, there’s always a fundraiser for them. There’s always a rallying call to help.’
People from all walks of life went to the service to celebrate city life.
Brenda Starkey moved to Southsea 30 years ago from Jersey and now calls the city her home.
Mrs Starkey, of Wilberforce Road, said: ‘I think the city has everything actually.
‘It’s got the sea, it’s got lots of recreation. There’s so much for young people.’
Bridget Pelling, 59, a retired navy nurse, of Linden Grove, Gosport, said: ‘Although I live in Gosport, Gosport and Portsmouth are together, twins if you like.
‘I am proud of Portsmouth because of the naval connection.’