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SUNSHINE Francesca Raine has an ice cream in the sunshine.  Pictures: Allan Hutchings (120678-424)
SUNSHINE Francesca Raine has an ice cream in the sunshine. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (120678-424)
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SCORES of people packed the seafront for the first weekend of sunny weather in months.

It might have been a little chilly but the skies were blue and the sun was shining yesterday as hundreds of people descended on Southsea.

DAY OUT Destiny Sousa, 12, Dolly Webster, seven, Mya Webster, 10, Jess Boden, 14, Chenai Webster, five, Camela Webster, six, Marcie Webster, three and Crystal Webster, 11, on the beach.  (120678-480)

DAY OUT Destiny Sousa, 12, Dolly Webster, seven, Mya Webster, 10, Jess Boden, 14, Chenai Webster, five, Camela Webster, six, Marcie Webster, three and Crystal Webster, 11, on the beach. (120678-480)

Clarence Pier was packed and the esplanade was full of visitors all looking to have fun in the sun.

Mike Raine, 40, of Chatsworth Road in Cosham, stopped to buy an ice cream for his eight-year-old daughter Francesca.

‘We’ve had a really good day so far and are making the most of the weather,’ he said.

‘Francesca has just learned to ride a bike so I thought it would be nice to come down here with her bike.

‘We didn’t expect it to be this busy but I suppose everybody is out enjoying the first bit of nice weather we’ve had in a while.’

Dozens of people enjoyed picnics on Southsea Common despite the temperature only being around 10C.

Collette Webster, 37, of Fratton Road, Fratton, was standing on the seafront with her daughters.

She said: ‘I wanted to come out and give the kids something to do and as the weather was nice I thought it would be a good idea.

‘It’s nice to see the weather is turning nice again at last.

‘I just hope it stays that way.’