IT was a taste of what’s to come – and it was set to a sunshine soundtrack.
Shoppers in Palmerston Road were treated to a preview of what next month’s Southsea Show is going to offer, with a roadshow of acts and music taking over the shopping centre on Saturday.
Music ranged from Ben Rouse playing his ukelele, to the Mayville High School Band, pictured.
Other act included Pilloxing – a cross between boxing and pilates – and dancing from the Most Wanted dance troupe, as well as music from Becky Jerams, Chris Ricketts and Harry Stenworth from Guilded Youth.
Steve Pitt, chairman of the South Show’s steering group, said: ‘There have been lots of positive vibes and people seem to be glad the Southsea Show is coming back.
‘It will also be a show for all weathers, in case the weather isn’t quite as good as it has been today, so even if it’s not a very nice day we’d say come down and let us entertain you.
‘All our partners in this event are part of the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership, which means the show is not being run for profit and we’re investing the money we make back into arts and cultural projects for the city.’
Saturday’s preview featured the Love Southsea monthly market, selling clothes, jewellery, home and garden items and a range of things to eat and drink all with a soundtrack from local acts.
Loulou Whitmore, of Love Southsea, who is also on the Southsea Show committee, said: ‘People say there’s nothing happening in Portsmouth, but they’re wrong because there’s so much to do here. We had music all day, showing off what the Southsea Show will have to offer in August, and the market traders were really happy with it.’
Southsea Show starts on August 3 and will have family activities running all weekend.
Held on Southsea Common, there will be gardening demonstrations and competitions, stalls, a carousel and bumper cars, a petting zoo and sport.
Other highlights will include children’s storytelling, a dog show, a cider bus and a milkshake wagon as well as a market marquee and giant tea tent.