Something for everyone at Gosport sheltered home’s first-ever summer fete

GREAT DAY Sheila Harrop helps out on the lucky dip stall.     Picture: Sarah Standing (112884-8458)

GREAT DAY Sheila Harrop helps out on the lucky dip stall. Picture: Sarah Standing (112884-8458)

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SIZZLING burgers, tantalising cakes and a big helping of charity goodwill came to Gosport this weekend.

There was no sign of rain to keep people away as elderly tenants at Cessac House, The Redan, held its first-ever summer fete on Saturday.

13/8/2011 (MOL) ''Cessac House in Fort Road, Gosport held their first ever fete on Saturday 13th August 2011.''Pictured is: Max Stanley (5) enjoying the bouncy castle.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112884-8429)

13/8/2011 (MOL) ''Cessac House in Fort Road, Gosport held their first ever fete on Saturday 13th August 2011.''Pictured is: Max Stanley (5) enjoying the bouncy castle.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112884-8429)

Families and young children from the area got stuck into the fun as they took advantage of a bouncy castle, cake stalls and a barbecue all laid on by residents at the sheltered home.

People had a great time listening to numbers from The Rose and Thistle Pipe and Drum Band, which marched up and down Fort Road in style.

Locals were also treated to a visit by firefighters from Gosport fire station, who taught the importance of fire safety.

The 56-flat site, part of Cessa Housing Association, is made up of former military personnel and their dependants over the age of 60.

They arranged the day to raise money for Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs).

So far the event on Saturday has raised £1,000 for the service, which provides free sea rescue cover in the Solent.

Sheila Harrop, 51, came to support the worthy cause with her mother Gwen Sore, who lives at Cessac House.

Sheila said: ‘It’s brilliant to see what the residents have done here today.

‘They’ve made such a fantastic effort and I hope everyone in the area will appreciate that.’

Gwen, 80, a former member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed myself, it’s amazing how many ex-service people live here and it’s what keeps us all young!

‘It’s the first time we’ve tried doing a fete and it’s proven really popular.’

Royal Navy Commander Jim French, 51, was visiting his mother Dorothy, aged 85.

Mr French, based at Navy Command Headquarters in Whale Island, said: ‘It’s a great little community here and it’s good to see the residents reaching out and serving the wider area.’

Micheal Croombs, 33, from Fort Road, said: ‘It’s turned out to be a great day and my daughter Lily has loved it.’

Fiona Hilton, 50, scheme manager at Cessac House, said: ‘All of our tenants helped to make a brilliant day.

‘We tried to bring in all of the local community and it paid off.’

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