Love messages are to be turned into a book for museum

Post us a Valentine says Caroline Sharman, director of the New Theatre Royal Picture: Malcolm Wells (120481-9801)
Post us a Valentine says Caroline Sharman, director of the New Theatre Royal Picture: Malcolm Wells (120481-9801)
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SEND a letter to your love this Valentine’s Day and it will form part of a romantic book.

All love messages dropped into a Victorian post box outside the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, on Tuesday, will be bound into a book called Pompey in Love 2012.

And the notes will be available to look at in the City Museum for years to come.

The idea was inspired by the famous film, Letters to Juliet, where people put love notes into the cracks of walls in Verona, Italy, and is hoped to create a romantic mood in the city on the special day.

One of the organisers, Danielle Milasinovic, from Portsmouth City Council’s events team, said: ‘We want to get people into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and help them celebrate in a different way.’

To set the mood there will be performances from opera singers Susanne Holmes and John Bacon, who will fill the town with love songs from the balcony of the New Theatre Royal, above the post box.

Organisers hope there will be a few proposals at the event, and anyone who does will be serenaded by the singers.

A trail of painted hearts will lead to Guildhall Square, where people dressed as angels will encourage others to post their love letters.

Rose and chocolate sellers will also be in the area, and anyone who buys from them will be entered into a prize draw.

Prizes include a pair of VIP tickets to see Anton and Erin’s Let’s Do It, a meal for two at the Royal Beach Hotel, and a pair of tickets for the Spinnaker Tower.

Love texts from members of the public will be shown on the square’s big screen as New Theatre Royal actor Ben Claybon plays the part of Cupid and encourages passers-by into the romantic mood.

Caroline Sharman, director of the New Theatre Royal, said: ‘As soon as we found out that the council was planning something like this we wanted to get involved, because it’s such a lovely idea.

‘It’s a romantic way to write a few words to your love and remind then how you feel, or even to write a message to someone who doesn’t know they are your love.

‘And it’s a chance for all ages to remember their love, even if they have passed away.’

To take part, fill out the form, right, and post it in the Victorian box on Guildhall Walk, between midday and 2pm on Tuesday.