Thousands of people come together to enjoy Warsash Festival

Classic car enthusiasts Jim Baumann and Gary Charlton
Classic car enthusiasts Jim Baumann and Gary Charlton
A fox currently being treated at Brent Lodge

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THOUSANDS of people came to enjoy a community festival.

Visitors were treated to action-packed family entertainment at Warsash Festival, based on the strawberry fields, at the weekend.

A dog show and dog displays, live music, classic car show and a Punch and Judy show were all in store.

And 65 stalls selling a range of goods were laid on for guests.

Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford, officially opened the event, which is held every two years.

Co-organiser John Kent said that up to 7,000 people attended.

Mr Kent, who serves with seven other people on the event committee, said: ‘It was very successful.

‘The turnout was excellent.

‘The idea of the festival is to bring the local community together.

‘It very much has a community purpose.

‘We don’t expect 100,000 people to turn up, but the numbers we had were good.

‘It was great to see people enjoy themselves and we had great feedback.

‘When we last held it two years ago, there was quite a queue of people trying to get in.

‘But this time there was a good flow of people.’

The event takes a year to prepare and has been going since 2000.

And Mr Kent said this year’s was one of the best, with more stalls then ever turning out. He also said it was good to see a number of different churches being represented.

A proportion of money taken will go to charity, though it has not yet been decided which cause it will go to.