Victorious is a success story we should enjoy

COMMENT: A move in the right direction but still not a win for all

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It’s always great to be able to boast a good news story, so we make no apology about banging the drum for Victorious Festival on today’s front page.

Already a smash-hit event bringing in huge crowds to its old home at the Historic Dockyard, this year it’s leaving that site behind and going large.

When doors open for this year’s Victorious, a total of 80,000 people are expected through the gates.

And with a stellar line-up, it’ll be a surprise if there are any spare tickets.

There are chart-toppers Dizzee Rascal and Strictly star Sophie Ellis-Bextor among many others, including a number of local bands.

Quite rightly, organiser James Ralls speaks proudly of the incredible growth of the festival.

He says: ‘It’s an exciting time for the city.’

We echo that sentiment.

Yes, there’s a proliferation of festivals around the country every summer.

But few can boast a line-up as strong as Victorious and even fewer can boast a better location than a seafront common.

It’s hard to imagine a nicer place to kick back, listen to some music and (hopefully!) take in some sun.

It’s something everyone in the city should take pride in.

And not only is the festival itself a boon.

The money it will bring to the city is not to be underestimated either.

Whether people visit for a day or the weekend, they’ll all be putting money into the tills of local businesses.

And not just the bars and restaurants.

No doubt many people will stay in the city’s B&Bs and hotels.

So let’s take a moment to bask in what’s a real success story for Portsmouth.

And roll on the August bank holiday.

We’ll see you there.