Annual picnic proves a success once again

Bethany Knight, two, from Stamshaw with Harlow Gofton, three,  from Fratton
Bethany Knight, two, from Stamshaw with Harlow Gofton, three, from Fratton
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  • Hundreds enjoy family picnic
  • Event hosted by locally based charity
  • Bouncy castles and rides entertain youngsters
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IT’S an annual event that attracts hundreds of families to Southsea.

And yesterday’s picnic run by Connors Toy Library was another success as families packed out the area next to Clarence Pier.

Alby Daker, three

Alby Daker, three

The event is organised for families, especially for those who use the libraries across the area.

Connors Toy Library is a registered charity which provides a toy library service and other community resources for children, their families and carers.

Karen Drayton, the manager of Connors Toy Library, said: ‘It’s a fun day for all our families that access our community toy library groups.

‘It’s for the families to all come together and have a relaxing day.

Anantya Karthikeyan, two, from Fratton with Melissa Mathews, 18 months from Waterlooville

Anantya Karthikeyan, two, from Fratton with Melissa Mathews, 18 months from Waterlooville

‘It’s really good because it puts something back into the community.

‘We get some really positive feedback. It’s a special treat.’

Children enjoyed a picnic and made the most of the rides and inflatable slides.

There were also performances with singing and dancing to entertain the crowd.

Toni Gofton, 29, from Fratton, brought her three-year-old daughter Harlow.

She said: ‘We meet up once a week anyway for a play date but we try to mix it up. This is amazing.

‘I didn’t know about the library until I came down here but I do use library groups.

‘It’s good to get the kids playing outside. There’s a really big sense of community. It’s really nice. I have chatted to lots of mums too which is good.’

Kayleigh Ellis, 26, is from Leigh Park and took her 15-month-old son Sonnie out for the day.

She said: ‘I go to the toy library group every Tuesday and I can’t fault it.

‘My son has a dairy intolerance and they cater for everyone. They are just brilliant.

‘There are plenty of toys to borrow.

‘We came here last year. It’s good to all just get together. The kids love it.’

Sophia Cambra, 22, from Stamshaw brought along her three-year-old son Alby Daker.

She said: ‘My friend told us about it and the sun was shining so it was a good day to get out.

‘There’s lots to do for the kids. It’s nice for them to have something else to do.’