Lucky you! Lightning Seeds head Love Southsea Jubilee gig

VINTAGE From left, Abigail Pallant-Sidaway, Terri Stannerd, Charley Whitmore, Sam Whitmore, and Louise Whitmore launch the Historic Dockyard festival
VINTAGE From left, Abigail Pallant-Sidaway, Terri Stannerd, Charley Whitmore, Sam Whitmore, and Louise Whitmore launch the Historic Dockyard festival

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BRITPOP stars The Lightning Seeds will headline a two-day festival to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The band, who sang Lucky You and reached number one with 1996 football anthem Three Lions, will perform inside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

HEADLINERS The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie

HEADLINERS The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie

They are one of many acts which will provide music for the Victorious Vintage festival, which will be held on June 2 and 3 as Her Majesty celebrates 60 years on the throne.

Organisers hope the free event will help capture the party spirit over the bank holiday.

The main stage, which will be called Victory Square, will be outside HMS Victory.

Organisers have secured Mark Morriss, former singer with The Bluetones, plus bands Dodgy and The Silver Beatles.

There will also be a line-up of local bands performing.

The event has been organised by the dockyard, Little Johnny Russell’s, Love Southsea and The Boutique Market, and organisers hope to attract thousands.

Louise Whitmore, owner of Love Southsea, said: ‘There will be vintage stalls and lots of live music. This is going to be amazing and the best thing is it’s all free.

‘We have been organising this since last summer. We want it to have a real family fun-day feeling and like a giant street party. There’s going to be a lot of bunting around and food and drink.

‘The whole country will be celebrating and we really want to put Portsmouth on the map.

‘If the festival is successful then we hope to run it each year.’

Entertainment over the weekend includes afternoon tea, live music from bands and DJs, and screenings of films from various eras.

Visitors can look forward to vintage clothes stores and characters from different decades walking through the dockyard in costume.

Ben Mills, of Little Johnny Russell’s pub in Albert Road, Southsea, has been organising the music.

He said: ‘We’ve chosen headline acts that will hopefully appeal to a lot of people because we want to keep it family-friendly.

‘We’re finalising the local acts that will be playing, so people will be updated on that soon.

‘The dockyard is a great attraction for Portsmouth and we want to get involved with celebrating the jubilee.

‘The whole thing is shaping up to be a really good community weekend.’

The festival runs from 10am to 10pm over the weekend.

Entrance is free for the festival, but standard ticket charges for dockyard attractions will still apply.

If you would like to find out more about hiring a stall at the festival, then email sales@boutiquemarket.co.uk.

To find out more about the event go to victoriousvintage.co.uk.