Video: Thousands enjoy Portchester gala

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THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Portchester to see the start of the annual gala.

Families gathered at the edge of the road to watch the carnival start with a parade which went down Castle Street towards Portchester Castle.

Katie Crowe,nine, and Georgina Hinks, 10, from Castle Primary School (151906-1)

Katie Crowe,nine, and Georgina Hinks, 10, from Castle Primary School (151906-1)

Once inside, visitors enjoyed rides, entertainment and a range of stalls.

The event is organised by the Portchester Community Association and sees schools, nurseries, businesses and community groups get involved in the different activities.

Helen Heiford and Suzanne Kirkham were at the gala with their families. They were supporting Wicor Primary School who had a Noah’s Ark-themed parade float.

Helen, from Gosport, said: ‘Saturday was the first time we have been to the festival but I really enjoyed it.

Steve Harvey and Becky Gibbs, 13, from Portchester Community School (151906-2)

Steve Harvey and Becky Gibbs, 13, from Portchester Community School (151906-2)

‘It was great to see so many people lining the streets for the parade. There was a great sense of community spirit.’

Suzanne, from Portchester, agreed. She added: ‘The event is a great day out for the family and everyone has put in a lot of effort.’

Sarah Moss, who runs the community association, said it was great to welcome so many people to the event.

‘In previous years, we have had around 3,000 to 4,000 visitors but I think we might have neared 5,000 this year,’ she said.

Kara Barron, three, with her fancy dress fire engine (151906-3)

Kara Barron, three, with her fancy dress fire engine (151906-3)

‘It is wonderful that we can still do this type of event which people enjoy.’

The Lion King cast members from Castle Primary School (151906-4)

The Lion King cast members from Castle Primary School (151906-4)

Kieran Robbins, six, and his sister Caitlin, five (151906-5)

Kieran Robbins, six, and his sister Caitlin, five (151906-5)

Roger Alexander leading the Portchy Pirates (151906-6)

Roger Alexander leading the Portchy Pirates (151906-6)