IT WAS a glorious day and thousands of people basked in the sunshine at the first Portsmouth Summer Show.
People from across the city and beyond packed out the King George V playing fields for a day of entertainment.
Among them was Carol Harmer, 69, from Felix Square in Hilsea.
She said: ‘We usually go out to the bandstand and this is the first year so we thought we would give it a try. It’s very good. The weather makes it good. It’s so cheap too.
‘We saw Kojak’s Revenge and they were very good. I have seen them a lot of times. I like live music.’
Tickets were £7 for adults, and £5 for children.
Nicola Thompson, 35, is from Beaconsfield Avenue in Cosham.
She said: ‘I thought that the price of the tickets was really good for what was actually on offer.
‘It’s a cheap day out for the family. The quality of the acts is good.
‘We wanted to see Alesha Dixon and I stayed for the evening to see Professor Green and Blue.
‘It’s encouraging that they are bringing things up to the north of the city. It’s a bit of a chore to go down to Southsea and having to park the car.
‘If they do this again, it will be great.’
David Freemantle, 42, from Waterlooville, said: ‘We have a young family. It’s really good for them.
‘It gives us a chance to have a beer as well and there’s entertainment for the kids. It’s good.
‘We went to Victorious last year which was a great success.’
As well as live music from boy band Blue, X Factor winner Matt Cardle and Professor Green, among others, there were also a number of local acts who had the chance to showcase their talents in front of thousands.
And there were a series of tribute acts including The Silver Beatles, It Must be Madness and Fleetingwood Mac, who all proved popular with the crowd.
As well as the main stage, there was an acoustic stage and a tent, called the Big Top Performance Arena.
There were funfair rides and face painting for the children, plus a range of refreshments and a bar for the adults.
Kelly Johnson, 28, is from Waterlooville. She came along with her partner and their two children.
‘We thought it would be a really nice family day out,’ she said.
‘We live in Waterlooville and sometimes things are happening in Southsea which is a bit of a mission to get to.
‘It’s nice that this was close. It’s good to be out enjoying it – and the weather was really nice.’
Mary Hart, 63, from Parr Road in Cosham, said: ‘This should be an annual event. It’s really good and is well organised.’
Friend Jackie Owen, 43, from Allaway Avenue in Paulsgrove, added: ‘It’s a decent price for a whole day out. It’s nice that it happened all through the day so people can come and go.’
Jai Mason, 26, was at the show with his girlfriend Jemma Davies, 27, from Waterlooville.
Jai said: ‘It seemed like a nice day to get out and about.
‘We were there from when it opened until late into the evening. I thought it was brilliant.
‘Everyone was able to get out and the kids were there.’