Families enjoy dog show, games and stalls at Bedhampton show

HUNDREDS of families flocked to enjoy an annual summer fair in Bedhampton today.

Saturday, 1st July 2017, 8:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
The Bedhampton Summer Show. Organisers Mike Sellis (left), and Ron Tate with Claire Hallawell (left), and family. Picture Ian Hargreaves (170748-1)

The Bedhampton Summer Show returned for another year with a range of stalls, games and displays in the main arena.

Families from across the Havant area soaked up the sunshine at Bidbury Mead Recreation Ground, off Bidbury Lane.

The summer show, which has been going for many years, was a hit with people attending.

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The Southsea Reel Dancers wow the crowds Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170748-1)

Jack Place went along with his wife Danielle and daughter Naomi.

The Havant family were there for the second year in a row.

Jack said: ‘The show is really good. We came last year but Naomi was a little bit too young so this year’s she has really loved it.

‘It is a great day out and there’s lots to do in the sunshine.

Residents David Houston and Karen Jackson enjoy an ice cream (170748-1)

‘We played a few of the games like hook a duck and we watched the entertainment in the main arena so it’s been really good.’

Four-year-old Naomi added: ‘I liked the games and the music.’

Music was provided by the Portsmouth City Band and they were just one group entertaining the crowd.

There was a dance performance by the Southsea Reel Dancers and the Bedhampton Scrufts Dog Show.

The Bidbury Mead WI, from the left,. Gwyneth Davies, Sheila Jones, Dianne West, Margaret Nicholls, Jane Tandy (170748-1)

The main arena also hosted a family tug-of-war and a children’s fancy dress competition.

Mum-of-two Stacey Green took her children Mike, 11 and Lily, seven, to the show.

The 38-year-old, from Bedhampton, said: ‘This is something we come to every year and the kids love it.

‘There is always enough to do and lots to see in the main arena. I like that it caters for different ages with the games and stalls.

The Southsea Reel Dancers wow the crowds Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170748-1)

‘There is a really nice community atmosphere and we’ve seen lots of neighbours.’

Lily said she liked watching the dancers while eating her lunch. She added: ‘I liked seeing all the dogs and playing the games.

‘They were really fun and I won a prize.’

The show was opened by the mayor of Havant Elaine Shimbart when she released a dove. She was also one of three judges in the fancy dress competition and dog show.

Chris Miller, chairman of the committee which organises the show, said the day had been great.

‘This event always has a sense of community and people have a good time,’ she said.

Residents David Houston and Karen Jackson enjoy an ice cream (170748-1)

‘It is quite an old-fashioned fair with the types of games, stalls and entertainment it has.

‘We get lots of help from businesses and groups in the area and it makes for a lovely day. Everyone looks forward to it.’

The Bidbury Mead WI, from the left,. Gwyneth Davies, Sheila Jones, Dianne West, Margaret Nicholls, Jane Tandy (170748-1)