Remember the crowds, the music and the atmosphere at the Love Albert Road Day events that used to take over part of Southsea each year?
They were a great way of promoting small businesses in the area, bringing in trade as well as providing family fun for both locals and visitors alike.
Now that blueprint is to be transferred to Fratton – and we believe the effect could be just as marked.
We reveal today how the Fratton Family Festival will be staged on a Sunday some time in September and could pull in tens of thousands of people to what has become a bit of a run-down and forgotten part of the city’s shopping mix.
It will be great to see Fratton Road come alive again with local bands performing, children’s games and market stalls.
It’s just what Fratton needs to make it feel good about itself – and to get more people going into local shops.
There is so much more to Fratton than the Asda store, but so many don’t hang around to find out. They do their shopping, then get in their car and drive away.
As Nick Courtney, chairman of Fratton Road Traders’ Association, says: ‘The potential is massive – this would regenerate the area and actively help the local economy. ‘
Key to the success of Love Albert Road Day was the closing of a stretch of the road, allowing a real festival feel. So well done city council for agreeing in principal to the closure of Fratton Road.
The other good news is that the vast majority of costs to stage the event should be covered by Fratton Big Local, a community organisation awarded £1m of lottery cash to improve Fratton.
So we look forward to the big day, when Fratton takes centre stage and reminds people how much it has to offer.
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