Shops’ Southsea fete goes down a treat

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TOP tunes, great local produce and a big helping of community spirit have come to a Southsea street.

Hundreds of visitors packed out Castle Road yesterday for a fun-filled fete put on by local businesses which was set to continue today.

There were stalls selling food, crafts and quirky bric-a-brac as well as live music from artists such as The Common Tongues.

Paul Stanley, owner of Brocante, which sells an array of rustic French furniture, said: ‘It’s great to see the community here come together.’

Monika Wood, who runs a clothes and shampoo store called Shop with her husband Tony, said the event was a great opportunity for businesses to showcase what they had to offer.

‘It’s nice to show off what we do and it’s nice seeing a variety of people,’ she said.

The fete, which started last May, was held this time to coincide with Record Store Day, which is today and celebrates the UK’s independent record shops.

More live music was lined up for today.

Steve Courtnell, of Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl shop and fete co-organiser, said: ‘There have been lots of families here enjoying themselves.’




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