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Southsea street festival a mix of weird and wonderful

(l-r) students Hannah Bettey and Alice Castle enjoy a cake at the street festival. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142318-4)

(l-r) students Hannah Bettey and Alice Castle enjoy a cake at the street festival. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142318-4)

 

SHABBY chic clothes, sepia postcards, random signs from the London Tube and sofas that look just like the ones at grandma’s house.

Castle Road in Southsea was awash with weird and wonderful items for sale at a weekend street festival.

About 30 vendors – some Castle Road regulars, other keen home crafters – set up stands in the road attracting hundreds of curious passersby.

Bands and musicians including Jalou, Fugitive Orchestra, Jerry Williams and Matt Jarvis added to the festive atmosphere from a stage set up at one end of the road.

Organiser Tobi Stidolph, 19, said it was the fourth Castle Road Festival since May last year.

He said: ‘It’s a really unique road and it’s a great place to come.

‘We’ve got some great new businesses in the road now and really good developed businesses as well, like Pie and Vinyl and 101 Reykjavik.

‘It’s nice to be part of it really and hopefully we’ll have some more street events coming up.’

Paul Stanley is the owner of Brocante, a French antiques shop in Castle Road.

He set an area in front of the shop packed with unique wares including stuffed animals, antique books, lawn bowls and even a Vespa.

Mr Stanley said: ‘It’s brilliant for Castle Road. We should do it more often.

‘We’ve got lots of small and independent businesses down here and everyone’s local to Portsmouth.’

Jemma Walker, 26, of Cosham, was there selling candles, cards and soaps.

She said her stand, Jemma’s Little Gems, was a way of showing off her homemade goods.

Jemma said: ‘This is my first time here and I think it’s great.

‘It’s much different to an indoor fair and the footfall is really good.’

 

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