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TRADITIONAL Morris dancers perform their fascinating routine. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131226-12)
TRADITIONAL Morris dancers perform their fascinating routine. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131226-12)
Picture: Isle of Wight Radio/PA Wire

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IT was like stepping back in time as Castle Field, in Southsea, was transformed into a traditional rural spring show.

Families enjoyed Punch and Judy and racing ferrets while tucking into ice creams and fish and chips.

The three-day Rural and Seaside Show began on Saturday and was organised by Portsmouth City Council to celebrate everything about the seaside.

Heather Todd, the council’s assistant events manager, said: ‘It was a bit chilly but everyone enjoyed themselves.

‘We’ve got so much to do. There’s the village Olympics where visitors can demonstrate their prowess at welly throwing and the egg and spoon race.

‘The lovely craft market is here, we have Morris Dancers and donkey rides, the vintage tea tent and a village pub.’

The virtual village included a mobile vintage hairdressing salon and ferret racing.

And the heavy horses were a major attraction.

Katie Rogers, 25, of Methuen Road, Eastney, took along her children Leeland and Ava Jones.

Katie said: ‘I’ve been going to the Southsea Show here all my life and I really wanted to bring the children.

‘We’ve done lots already and Leeland absolutely loved walking round with the ferret on a lead.

‘It’s been good fun.’

Southsea Greenhouse was there to show how to weave baskets, there was sheep grazing and Blue Reef Aquarium took along a rock pool to show star fish and spider crabs.