A wonderful afternoon of doves, cream teas and novelty games in the sun

  • Bedhampton Summer Show supports churches an dlocal charities
  • Thousands descended on Bidbury Mead play park
  • Deputy Mayor of Havant opened the event by releasing white doves
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FANCY dress, tug-of-war and cream teas made for a perfect English summer afternoon at the Bedhampton Summer Show.

Bidbury Mead Park was taken over by thousands of people enjoying the glorious weather and endless fun and games at the show, on Saturday.

PRIZE Volunteers George Reason and his wife Christine Reason with the Win �50 Golden Bucket. Pictures: Sarah Standing (141983-5893)

PRIZE Volunteers George Reason and his wife Christine Reason with the Win �50 Golden Bucket. Pictures: Sarah Standing (141983-5893)

The event began at 1pm with the always-popular Teddy Bears Picnic for the children.

At 2pm the show was officially opened by Deputy Mayor of Havant, Councillor Faith Ponsonby, who, along with the organisers released a dozen white doves.

That was followed by the children’s fancy dress competition which saw youngsters dressed up in doctors and nurses uniforms, as cartoon characters, and even cowboys.

Sharon Donohue, from Leigh Park, was joined by her daughters Louise and Rebecca.

The organisation that goes on beforehand is amazing

Cllr Faith Ponsonby

She said: ‘We try and come every year because it’s such a lovely event.

‘Although there’s always lots of people it’s very relaxed and good fun.

‘And we always have a nice cream tea.’

There were dozens of stalls with bargain-hunters queuing up to buy their wares.

The Bidbury Mead WI were there, along with the Havant Men’s Shed, older men’s group, a variety of singers and businesses.

And musical entertainment came from the Portsmouth City Band.

Cllr Ponsonby said: ‘It is a wonderful show.

‘I know what it’s like putting on a show like this and the organisation that goes on beforehand is amazing.

‘It’s lots of hard work from lots of people, lots of dedicated volunteers.

‘The WI have come along every single year.

‘And so many members of the community man the stalls.

‘It’s a lovely show and went so well.’

In the arena there was a dog agility display from the Solent Dog Display Team and a stunning performance from Aziza Dance Group.

Lots of people took part in the novelty races.

Amelia Norman was at the show with her niece Mae Whitelock and friend Layla Smith.

Amelia, 25, said: ‘We had a wonderful time.

‘The weather is lovely and I got to use my parasol.’

The Show is supported by many local businesses and proceeds primarily support the work of the St Thomas and St Nicholas Churches, in Bedhampton, but other local charities also benefit.