Victoria Park hosts fair with a green message

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TIGHTROPE walking, hula-hooping and even a polar bear made for a brilliant day at a summer fair with a green feel.

Local groups with a passion for the environment ensured the message was taken home by youngsters and their families through fun and games at a packed Victoria Park, in Portsmouth city centre on Saturday.

The Nasira Belly Dancers wow the crowd. 

Picture: Paul Jacobs (142537-4)

The Nasira Belly Dancers wow the crowd. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142537-4)

It was organised by Portsmouth Climate Action Network.

Jay Groovara, a member of the group, said: ‘It was fantastic to see all the children and their families enjoying themselves.

‘It’s an annual event to spread awareness about climate change, among other things.

‘We want to raise awareness about communal living, smaller businesses and living a more green lifestyle.

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Victoria Park Portsmouth Summer Fair. Pictured is Lucy Speak 12 having a go at hula hooping

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30/8/14 Victoria Park Portsmouth Summer Fair. Pictured is Lucy Speak 12 having a go at hula hooping Picture: Paul Jacobs (142537-3) PPP-140830-144835001

‘People should be more environmentally aware of stuff.’

As well as a live music powered by bicycles, there were eco workshops, vegan food stalls, local organic products, including clothes and toys and circus skills classes.

Angela Gilfoyle, from Portchester, and her eight-year-old son Callum had a great day.

Ms Gilfoyle, owner of Travel Counsellor, said: ‘We really wanted to try out the park and ride and it dropped us off right outside Victoria Park.

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Victoria Park Portsmouth Summer Fair.

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30/8/14 Victoria Park Portsmouth Summer Fair. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142537-6) PPP-140830-144912001

‘We thought it would be lovely for a day out.

‘We are pretty green. We recycle our rubbish and always pass our clothes on rather than throw them away.

‘Callum has learnt a lot here today. He doesn’t have a bike so we visited the My Journey stall where he had a go on a static bike.

‘There was a car which ran on vegetable oil, rather than fuel.’

Emma Denyer, a volunteer for Greenpeace, spent the day with an – almost – life-sized Polar Bear.

She said: ‘We want to emphasise the risk of drilling for oil in the Arctic.’

 

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