Day to honour Pompey’s loyal supporters

FAN FAIR The support given to Pompey will be celebrated at the first fans' day
FAN FAIR The support given to Pompey will be celebrated at the first fans' day
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ORGANISERS of Pompey’s first Fans’ Day are hoping it could become an annual event.

There will be a huge dunk tank – with the chance to give chief executive David Lampitt a soaking – outside Fratton Park on Monday to help celebrate the end of the season, as well as carnival rides and stalls, face painting and a stage with live music.

The event has been organised by members of the Fans Conference to reunite supporters and raise money for good causes.

Avid fan Scott McLachlan, 42, from Southsea, came up with the idea.

He said: ‘This is the first time we have ever done anything like this and if everything goes to plan it will be quite an eventful day.’

After the event supporters will watch the last home game of the season against Norwich. Those in the Fratton end of the stadium will turn it into a sea of blue and white by holding up coloured cards to spell out 1898, the year the club formed.

There will be a raffle with two season tickets up for grabs and a specially created limited edition Pompey badge will be on sale.

One of the organisers, Ashley Brown, 41, said: ‘It’s very much a family affair – we want to encourage more people to go to football with their families like they used to, and remind them how much fun it can be.

‘We’ve had a great response so far and if it all goes well, we will definitely do it again next year.’

The event begins at noon and all profits will be split between the Pompey Study Centre and The News’ Blue Day – held in aid of the Tom Prince Trust, a charity run by the family of the teenager who died of the bone cancer osteosarcoma in 2004.

On Blue Day itself, May 6, there will be a mile-and-a-half long Big Blue Walk leaving Southsea’s Blue Reef Aquarium at 6pm to raise cash for the fund.

You don’t need to be sponsored to take part – simply turn up on the day and make a donation.