Toploader and Chas top the bill at festival

Geno Washington on stage at the festival last year
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TOPLOADER will headline at the Gosport Waterfront Festival after it was given the go ahead this week.

But for the first time, people will be charged £1 to attend.

Doubts had been cast over the future of the festival in Walpole Park, after Gosport Borough Council cut the £30,000 funding earlier this year.

But with sponsorship from GS Building Services, the event will take place over three days starting on Friday, August 26. It is a private and public sector partnership.

On Friday night, T-Rex will headline with a new frontman, whilst on Saturday, Chas Hodges, of Chas and Dave, will take to the stage, with Toploader finishing off on the Sunday.

Councillor Dave Smith, who is organising it alongside Councillor Justin Henshaw, said: ‘This is something that the community benefits from so I’m delighted to be asked to be involved in it.

‘I am sure it will be a success as the other ones have been.

‘We needed to raise money this year and people always said they were willing to pay a few quid to get in.

‘We’re trying to raise as much money as we can so the council tax payer doesn’t have to pay anything towards it.

‘The biggest thing is that we have got Toploader coming to Gosport. The comments I have been getting are really good.’

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We have got a tremendous line-up.

‘I’m sure that by the time that they have finished on the Sunday night we will all be dancing in the moonlight.

‘I have always believed that it could be run through sponsorship and run by the private sector. I’m hopeful that we will use that as a spring board for next year.’

Anyone who leaves the festival will be charged £1 to regain entrance.

Last year, around 5,000 people attended each day of the event.