Victorious Festival raises £43,000 for D-Day Museum

Victorious Festival 2014

Victorious Festival 2014

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TENS of thousands of pounds have been raised for the D-Day Museum thanks to this year’s Victorious Festival.

The organisers of the summer decided to donate around £43,000 from the sale of tickets towards the venue’s regeneration efforts.

As reported, the sum will go towards a £5m project to help the Southsea museum become a national teaching hub on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

It is hoped the Heritage Lottery Fund will contribute £4m and Portsmouth City Council has already pledged £350,000.

James Ralls, festival co-organiser, said: ‘It’s great for the people at the museum to be able to raise the money to regenerate it.

‘A lot of the veterans won’t be around soon and we wanted to help towards something that will give youngsters in the future the chance to continue seeing what they have done for us.

‘I am really pleased with the amount we raised and hopefully, we will be able to raise more money throughout the year.’

Victorious organisers have also forked out £7,500 towards planting Southsea’s winter flower beds.

Mr Ralls said: ‘The council didn’t have enough money for the winter bedding so we thought we would help cover the cost for the residents.

‘It was an issue for the residents and we want Victorious to benefit the community.’

The event team is continuing to ask residents through its newsletter how else it can provide support in the run up to next year’s music spectacle.

As revealed yesterday, Basement Jaxx has been confirmed as one of the main acts for 2015.

It comes after Dizzee Rascal and Sophie Ellis Bextor featured this year on Southsea Common.

Tickets are now available on the Victorious Festival website.

Councillor Linda Symes, Tory cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, praised the Victorious team for all of their efforts.

‘This is what we need, we need local people being proactive in putting on events that benefit the city,’ she said. ‘They don’t take that money away, they invest it in other things in the city.

‘They have the city’s interests at heart and this is what we need to encourage.’

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