Victorious brings thousands to festival in dockyard

STAR TURN Charlotte Church on stage at Victorious last night. Picture: Paul Windsor
STAR TURN Charlotte Church on stage at Victorious last night. Picture: Paul Windsor
Crystal Collins, left, and Sharon Newell with some of the children by the pond 

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FROM tasty treats, to rows of stalls and stand-out live music, this year’s Victorious Festival was a runaway success.

Over the weekend more than 50,000 people crammed into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for the two-day musical extravaganza.

Spread over seven stages, 120 bands took to the stage to entertain the huge crowds.

And there was plenty to do for the children, as the event was billed as one for family fun.

Activities included a colouring zone, mini-ferris wheel, a Punch and Judy show, and a chance to learn circus skills.

Getting into the swing of things was three-year-old Ellis Morgans, who was having a dance.

He visited the festival with parents Lyle, 36, and Nicky, 39.

Nicky, of Little Hayden Lane, in Clanfield, said: ‘We had a great day and had so much fun.

‘We liked the fact there was so much to do for children, such as face painting.

‘The live music has been brilliant as well.

‘The event was well-organised and we’d definitely come back next year.’

Musical highlights included The Feeling, Charlotte Church, Level 42, Maximo Park, and Katy B.

The event was put on by three organisers, including James Ralls, owner of Little Johnny Russells and The Belle Isle.

He said: ‘We can’t believe we reached the maximum capacity of 18,000 people.

‘Then once people were leaving, we were able to sell tickets.

‘Out of the bands, about 90 were local, as we wanted to promote local talent.

‘There were about 100 stalls, a Peppa Pig and lots of other activities.

‘The setting in the dockyard was brilliant.

‘We had HMS Victory on one side, HMS Defender docked on the other, and in the middle.

‘We had the past and the future, and a bit of fun in the middle.’