What an amazing Day!
It was a bright and colourful day in Portchester on Saturday, when thousands turned out to attend the annual Gala. The procession of dazzling and colourful floats started off at Portchester Precinct, processing down Castle Street and finishing at the iconic Portchester Castle.
There was a host of things for the family to do at the Gala, there were rides for the children on Trigger the Train, stalls, refreshments, hook a duck and a record number of vintage vehicles, including second world war trucks. In the main arena Hampshire Caledonian Band played, followed by new to the Gala Portchester Youth Theatre and Natasha Ballinger Dance Academy, Fareham School of Gymnastics now regular performers at Gala were excellent. Followed by the Royal Marine Rifle Cadets marching in formation.
Once again the tug of war completed the arena events won by 3rd Portchester Scout Leaders on the ‘half firkin’ of ale donated by Irving Brewery. Teigan Newman one of the organisers of the Portchester Gala from Portchester Community Association said it had been a big success. “It’s just a good community event” she said. “It’s about trying to encourage people to come down and take part…The procession went really well. It’s been really busy and we had lots for the children to do. We just want to get everyone involved”. Quotes from the public “We very much enjoyed the gala, it reminded me that Portchester is such a lovely place to live.” “The procession route was shorter which was fortunate as it was so hot ”
Many families picnicked on the field as the sunshine shone at temperatures of 26 plus!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, took part in the parade, marshalled, contributed raffle prizes, donated to the buckets, the stall holders, the classic car owners and of course the wonderful crowds who came down to the castle enjoy Portchester Gala this Saturday. As the Gala is a celebration of our village, this event could not go ahead without the support from our wonderful and proud community, so thank you Portchester for making it another amazing gala. We cannot wait to do it all again next year!