First ever Fratton Festival is a huge success

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FRATTON came out in force and packed out a community day held to raise awareness of the district and its businesses.

The event even saw part of Fratton Road closed yesterday afternoon so stalls could fill the street.

5''Fratton Family Festival on a closed Fratton Road. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151616-4)

5''Fratton Family Festival on a closed Fratton Road. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151616-4)

Live music, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, head massages, delicious food and circus acts were just some of the wide range of activities on offer at the day, which had been organised by Fratton Big Local and the Fratton Traders’ Association.

Fratton Big Local community development worker Anna Potten said it was the first time the event had been held in attempt to boost trade to the area and she had been buoyed by the response.

‘It has been really good how co-operative and positive everyone has been,’ she said.

‘Everyone has respected the no-alcohol nature of the event and it has been really nice, with lots of lovely things happening.’ Hundreds of people turned out during the sunny afternoon. Among them was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.

Cllr Jonas said: ‘It has been absolutely brilliant. It has been cracking. This is the community at its best and if anyone was going to turn out for an event like this, it was the people of Fratton.’

Also enjoying the atmosphere were friends Michael Olesinski, 21, and Patrick Kawecki, 26, from Clive Road, with Mr Kawecki’s children Filpe, four, and Gabi, one.

Mr Olesinski said: ‘It is super, a very attractive day.’

Penhale Road resident Mandy Peachy, 49, invited her pal Hunny Wilson-Reid, 68, from Hedge End, over for the day.

Mrs Peachy said: ‘It’s lovely. I hope they carry on doing this every year.’