It’s fun for all the family at open-air street fair in Cosham pedestrian precinct

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  • Family fun day draws hundreds to Cosham
  • Demonstrations, stalls and activities in the High Street
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SPINNING tea cups, balloon models and dance demonstrations were all part of a family fun day.

Hundreds of families were drawn to the activities and shows in Cosham High Street’s pedestrian zone for the second such fun day this year.

Organiser Alex Dutton from the Merch Hut in Cosham said he was thrilled with the response to the event, which was part of a campaign to revitalise the struggling precinct.

Alex said: ‘The footfall has been steady and people have been coming in their hundreds.

‘It was only a few weeks ago that six shops had their windows smashed through around here.

‘Some people have a negative perception of the area but I think people need to give it another chance and come and see what Cosham has to offer. It’s time to look at Cosham in a new way.’

It’s good entertainment and it’s good for the community

Karen Fisher

Children and adults from the South Zone Dance Academy were among the groups that did demonstrations in the street, and musicians performed from a stage throughout the event.

Alex said two-piece cabaret act Bloke Zone, busker Sonny Jim and Milo Baker were among the performers.

Magician Jordan Greenwood, 16, was also among the performers at the fun day.

Jordan, from Crookhorn, said he was enjoying himself.

‘The crowds have been absolutely wonderful and the response has been brilliant,’ he said.

Karen Fisher, from Cosham, was among the stallholders at the fun day.

Karen was selling handmade decorated hair bows and accessories.

She said: ‘It’s a brilliant day and everyone’s been really excited about it.

‘It’s good entertainment and it’s good for the community.’

Carrie-Anne Sait, 33, from the dance academy said she was having a fantastic day and crowds were impressed with the dancing demonstrations.

She said there were women up to the age of 60 performing and the reaction of the audience had been positive.

‘It has been really good,’ she said.

‘The weather has been great there has been lots of cheering and clapping.

‘This is a brilliant event for Cosham. We need more things here like this.

Alex, who is a co-owner of the Merch Hut in Cosham said another fun day was being planned to take place before Christmas.

The fun day follows a similar event in May, which organisers described as a ‘roaring success’.