A FAMILY festival in Fratton has been praised by residents for bringing the area’s diverse community together for a day of fun and laughter.
The Fratton Family Festival was held in Fratton Road yesterday, seeing thousands of people congregate in the street to spend some quality time together.
Organised by Fratton Big Local, the event featured live music and performances from talented people in the community and a number of stalls from local groups and traders.
The event, now in its fourth year, has always been a great day for Fratton residents, according to Sylvia Smith, who brought along her daughter Lucy for the day.
Sylvia said: ‘We decided it would be a fun way to spend the day together.
‘It is something that we have been really looking forward to – we’ve got great weather and it really helps to bring the community together.
‘I think there should be more things like this for people in Portsmouth; it's lots of fun for the children and you can all go out and enjoy yourselves with your friends and family.
‘We’re taking a look at everything that’s here and then meet up with some friends here for the rest of the day.’
Gloria Gill, 70 from Fratton, said: ‘I have lived here all my life – and until this event came along things had started to go downhill in the community.
‘I think it’s really nice to have this here. You don’t get as much community stuff going on anymore so it’s good to have events like this.’
George Linb, 75, said: ‘This event is always really good.
'It’s important to have something like this here – I come along every year and I always have a fun time.’
Local reverend Canon Bob White says that the event is a celebration of everything great about Fratton.
‘It’s a chance to celebrate what’s in our community and the space we have,’ he explained.
‘I really like seeing everyone here together – it breaks down the barriers that usually exist and allows everyone to spend some time having fun with one another.’
Event organiser Anna Potten said: ‘People tell us that this event is really important for the community – and that means an awful lot to us.’