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Last Thursday, I walked from my home near Palmerston Road, in Southsea, to an open evening at the seafront’s Blue Reef aquarium.

On my way I walked past joggers and dog walkers, swathes of daffodils and trees in full blossom.

Children were enjoying Southsea Skate Park, students were barbecuing their supper on the common, members of a running club were stretching near the volleyball courts, and the splash pool looked inviting and ready for action.

The seafront was full of cars whose less energetic drivers were enjoying what was a beautifully calm end of the day, while in contrast nearby footballers sprinted up and down improving their skills.

My wander around the aquarium ended with me watching the otters being fed in their enclosure, while I looked out over the Solent through the windows.

Ferries passed, seagulls swooped low, families strolled along the promenade, and the Isle of Wight looked misty and darkened as the sun set in spectacular fashion.

This is just one snapshot of an amazing city, with a past that is second to none, a present that is following in the tradition of inventiveness and is full to the brim with talent, along with a future that is overflowing with promise and excitement.

That is why I love living here.

I moved to Portsmouth about 15 years ago having lived in various places as my dad worked for the Ministry of Defence.

In that time I have been a teacher, writer and radio presenter, and I like to get involved wherever I can in the life of the city.

I am proud to say I have been president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, I am a city councillor and am currently the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor.

Five years ago I set up Express FM, one of the first community radio stations in the country, and it has gone from strength to strength.

My favourite things about the city are Spice Island, Eastney beach, the Spinnaker Tower, both Albert and Marmion Roads, the Conan Doyle collection, along with the Hong Kong Tea Bar, the Belle Isle and the Bridge Tavern.

It is all too easy to focus on things in the city that could be better, and like every other city in the country we have our problems.

But if we choose to focus on the positives we are spoilt for choice.

Be it heritage, creativity, culture, innovative businesses from the global to the tiny, entrepreneurs, open seaside spaces, great places to eat, an amazing mixture of shops, friendly spirited people, ground-breaking research, a thriving port, we have it all.

It is my wish for us all to shout from the rooftops how proud we are of Portsmouth.

TOMORROW: Council events

manager Drusilla Moody