Return of Southsea car boot sale branded a success

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A CAR boot sale in Southsea raised £455 for The Rowans Hospice.

The sale on Pier Road was held as a one-off trial event to determine the demand for the return of car boot sales axed by the Ministry of Defence this summer.

It used to be held on the MoD’s Clarence Playing Fields at Long Curtain Road, Southsea, but the defence giant claimed lasting damage caused to its sports pitches had forced them to ban the sales.

Campaigners, backed by a petition of more than 1,000 signatures, disputed the claims and approached the city’s seafront manager David Evans in search of an alternative location.

The trial event was hailed a great success by everyone involved and attended by many, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, and MP for Portsmouth South, Mike Hancock.

Lesley Woodcock, community fundraiser for The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone for their support.

‘All the sellers were asking if we were planning any more car boot sales in Southsea and we would be delighted if it became a regular event.

‘The Rowans Hospice Portsmouth South Support Group did a fantastic job to help make the event run smoothly and we are really pleased that it went so well.’