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There were mountains of mince pies to be eaten, glasses of mulled wine to be drunk and carols to be sung inside Fratton Park last night.

More than 1,000 people braved the cold as went to the second annual carol concert to be held at Pompey's football ground.

The free event was organised by charity Faith and Football and singing started just after 7pm.

But before that guests were treated to free mince pies, glasses of mulled wine and a visit from Santa Claus in the club's Victory Lounge.

Mick Mellows, director of Faith and Football, said: 'This service was aimed to get the whole Portsmouth community involved and it worked.

'We want to thank the football club for letting us use their facilities and helping us out.'

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band played throughout the concert and other performances included a choir from Cottage Grove Primary School, in Chivers Close, Southsea, Gosport singer Ebonie G and Steve Legg, world record holder for escapology.

And readings were also performed by club chaplain Jonathan Jeffries, Pompey's commercial director Lucius Peart, the Lord Mayor Councillor Paula Riches, PFC chief executive David Lampitt and Linvoy Primus.

Cllr Riches said: 'I would not have missed this, it was absolutely wonderful.

'I support anything the football club does to help get the community together and this concert did just that.'

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus, who co-founded Faith and Football, said: 'People have battled with the cold to be here. This year we had schools involved, the Salvation Army and everybody had a great time. And all the money raised from the night goes to a good cause that helps children with the confidence.'

Lorraine Hayter, 50, a housewife, of Temple Street, Landport, said: 'I came along with my granddaughter to listen to the carols and they were good.'