Animals to make way for partygoers in Portsmouth

The animals will be moved from Victoria Park
The animals will be moved from Victoria Park

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GUINEA pigs, peacocks and parrots are among a menagerie of animal life that is vacating a city park this weekend.

The animal inhabitants of Victoria Park in Portsmouth are being relocated to make way for Mutiny in the Park, an outdoor dance festival, to start at midday on Saturday and run into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Festival organiser Luke Betts said the animals, which are a popular family attraction, would be taken to Staunton Country Park in Havant for their own safety while the event takes place.

Mr Betts said: ‘The animals are obviously an important aspect of the park and they need to be protected and looked after.’

He added that the only facility Staunton Country Park lacked for the animals was a bird aviary, so festival organisers bought one for around £2,500, which would remain at the park as a donation.

Mr Betts said about 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival.