A fulfilling childhood is not about the amount of gizmos

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I was delighted to read that good old Pompey has been voted as one of the happiest places in Britain to be a child.

It came in a none-too shabby fourth place behind Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield, thus taking the crown as the best place in southern England.

The top 20 chart was compiled by the Panda soft drinks company and apparently the most popular feature for a fulfilling childhood is not technical gizmos, but just having a garden to play in and a park or a beach nearby.

This all goes to show that happiness is not down to the amount of expensive games consoles and toys somebody might have – and that Portsmouth continues to be a great place to bring up children.