Council leader hails Portsmouth conference a success

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A HIGH-PROFILE conference held in the city has been hailed a success.

The Local Government Association’s annual culture, tourism and sport conference was held at Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday.

There were 170 delegates from around the country, including Maria Miller MP.

Guests spent time visiting different parts of the city, including the D-Day Museum in Southsea, where they witnessed Portsmouth’s experience of working with veterans and young people in action, as well as learning about plans to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

There was a tour of the University of Portsmouth and the new Mary Rose Museum.

Also included was a visit to Fratton Park, where members were able to find out more about the impact of a community football club.

An evening reception was held at the Mary Rose Museum, followed by a dinner and networking session at Spinnaker Tower.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the city council, said: ‘It has been great to have had people like the secretary of state, as well as the chief executives of Sport England and Arts Council England all here in Portsmouth.

‘There have been 170 delegates from across the country who we have showcased Portsmouth to. People are really interested in what is going on in Portsmouth. They will take their ideas back to their councils and come back with their families and spend money.’