Gosport’s Waterfront Festival is set to bring community together

HEADLINERS Toploader top the bill on Sunday night at Gosport Waterfront Festival
HEADLINERS Toploader top the bill on Sunday night at Gosport Waterfront Festival

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ORGANISERS of the Waterfront Festival in Gosport are urging the community to make it a weekend to remember.

Thousands of people are expected to see T-Rex, Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave, and Toploader perform at the event in Walpole Park.

Doubts were cast over the festival’s future after Gosport Borough Council axed £30,000 funding earlier this year.

A committee was created in a bit to ensure the festival went ahead, and it received support in sponsorship from local businesses.

The council lent the committee £42,500 in order to allow the festival to go ahead after it was unable to pay the bills.

Around 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival each day.

Leader of the council Mark Hook said: ‘I can confirm that all the finances are in place.

‘The loan from the council is only so that the bills can be paid while the money comes in so there is no hold up with paying people.

‘The team of builders are on the site now. I’m a great believer in live music and I always have been. Music is a bit like sport.

‘It engages the whole community. There is something for everybody to enjoy.

‘It does bring the community together.

‘It puts a smile on people’s faces and it makes people feel good so that’s got to be a good thing.’

For the first time, people will be charged a £1 entry fee, but Cllr Hook doesn’t feel this will put people off.

‘For Toploader on Sunday evening we would suggest people come early because we believe we will be closing the gates because we will be at our 5,000 maximum capacity,’ he said.

‘We don’t believe that the £1 fee will be off putting.

‘We asked the public last year and everybody said yes.

‘It’s been put on by certain members of the community for people to come and enjoy themselves.

‘That’s exactly what we have aimed to do.

‘We have got a great variety of music throughout the three days.’