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We hope you enjoyed Portchester Gala 2017! We cannot wait to do it all again next year!

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 processionwent 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

Float prizes and thank you to our Judge Kim  Mitchell

Community Category

                                                                 1st  Portchester Community School PTA                                                                  2nd Portchester Remembered (PCA),

3rd Aziza Local Egyptian Dancers

Preschool under 5’s

 1st Andy Pandy Preschool

Children and Young people 

                                                                               1st Wicor Primary School                                                                                                                                                          2nd Castle Primary School,                                                                                     3rd  Portchester Youth Theatre.

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!

For more information, stalls and parade entry forms call Portchester Community Association, Portchester Community Hub, 023 9221 0048 or download forms from the Gala web site: www.portchestergala.org.uk

Save the date for 2018 - Saturday 16th June 2018