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THE organisers behind a festival in Gosport at Walpole Park have said this year they’ll give cash to charity.

It comes as the group held a launch party last night to attract sponsors for the three-day music event in July.

Jeff Reed is one of four directors of Gosport Community Waterfront Festival Limited, which is running the event this summer.

He said the firm has secured a big top tent so families can enjoy it in any weather – and entry costs just £2.

He said: ‘The whole focus is to make the festival part of the community.’

‘We will be putting the surplus back into the community, to local charities.

‘We want a festival that moves forward and promotes Gosport itself.’

The event runs from July 18 to 19, with headliners including AC/DC tribute act Thunderstuck, 80s pop band The Korgis and American R&B singer Geno Washington.

Jeff and his wife Lisa are running the event with the festival secretary Sharon Hall and Mark Quainton-Davis.

Mr Quainton-Davis runs the new nightclub QD’s Live Lounge, in High Street, where the launch was held.

He said: ‘I’ve just spent five years living in Spain – there I think it’s all family-orientated. I want the festival to be family-orientated.’

The group has now applied to the council to use the land without any fee.

Dave Smith, one of the organisers of last year’s Gos Fest 2013, also held at Walpole Park, is organising the bands for the festival this year.

As reported, Mr Smith and the other organiser Paul Cobb, who runs Gosport Festivals Ltd, are at loggerheads over unpaid bills from last year’s festival.

A court hearing is due next month to sort out who should pay firms left out of pocket.

Mr Cobb said he is also planning to hold a festival at the park from August 7 to 10.

He said: ‘I’m aware there’s another event another one people are planning.

‘If that goes ahead then the people of Gosport are winners.

‘There’s no issues there.’