Thousands of visitors enjoy celebrations at Bedhampton summer show

Portsmouth City Band performing at the show.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141983-2356) PPP-140507-160912001
Portsmouth City Band performing at the show.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141983-2356) PPP-140507-160912001
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IT IS a community event that has been running for decades and judging by the thousands who attended Bedhampton’s Summer Show it is as popular as ever.

Visitors to the show on Bidbury Mead – the largest free event on the Havant calendar – were treated to a wealth of stalls, entertainment and arena events on Saturday.

Among the attractions were a bouncy castle, cart rides and traditional stalls including a raffle, tombola and ‘Bedhampton Bottles’ stall.

A raft of events were scheduled to take place in the arena in the centre of the mead, including a children’s fancy dress competition, dog show, and tug-of-war contest.

A number of local organisations attended, ranging from the Trefoil Guild and Havant Neighbourhood Watch to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire police.

Refreshments were provided in the outdoor canteen and there was a lengthy queue at the burger stall.

Elsewhere there was a fresh fruit and veg stall, as well as stalls selling sweets, plants, books and jewellery.

Students from St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School in Bedhampton took part in a street dancing display and there were a variety of novelty races for children to take part in.

Children queued up to get their faces painted and many soaked up the happy, relaxed atmosphere.

There was even a dove release on the mead to open the children’s fancy dress competition

The annual event was organised by St Thomas’s Church in Bedhampton and many members of the local community.

Mike Turner said: ‘It’s very much a community, joint event.

‘It’s been running for about 40 or 50 years.’

Rector David Proud said: ‘I have been rector for four years. It’s tipped down with rain and we’ve had brilliant sunshine, but it has a real sense of community.

‘There has been a church in this community for a thousand years. We are very much still at the heart of it.’

Money raised from the event is to be donated to the church to support other events in the local community.

Among those who attended the show was Deborah Green, of Haslar Road, Waterlooville.

She said: ‘I come every year. We’ve been coming for years.

‘It’s a great show.

‘My granddaughters are twins and I’ve come to watch one of them do the street dancing.

‘They are both in the Guides as well and they are both helping on the Guides’ stall.’