Umbrella fest set to become annual event

BROLLY GOOD SHOW The Groundlings Theatre Company rehearsing for the umbrella day in honour of Jonas Hanway
BROLLY GOOD SHOW The Groundlings Theatre Company rehearsing for the umbrella day in honour of Jonas Hanway
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THE Umbrella Festivities could become annual event after drawing large crowds.

Around 600 people turned out to enjoy a day of arts and drama inspired by Portsmouth-born umbrella pioneer Jonas Hanway.

Held on the site of his birth at the Groundlings Theatre, in Kent Street, Portsea, the event took place all day on Sunday.

It featured drama performed jointly with the Kings Theatre and other activities and performances inspired by Hanway’s life.

Groundlings artistic director Richard Stride said it had been well received and he was hoping to revise the event next year.

Mr Stride said: ‘It went really well. The Kings and our lot did a great show together, it didn’t rain, and there was lots of things going on, there was even a lady who made jewellery out of umbrellas.’