Portchester Gala 2016 - 'Entertainment for all ages!'

Portchester Gala 2016 was again a roaring success, with the sun shining and thankfully no rain! The people of Portchester came out in huge numbers to enjoy this great community event. 

The floats taking part in the parade this year were extraordinary, the Pirate Trikers were there jazzing up the place and TS tenacity were ever so lively! We also had Juggler John performing all sorts of tricks on the way. Our kind Judge, Alan Knight MBE and Portsmouth FC Ambassador had a truly difficult time judging everyone’s amazing floats but did come to a decision, and even spent time taking photos with the public. Thank you to Image Chameleon and the Fareham and District Camera Club for taking the photos below. 

Pirate Trikers

TS Tenacity

The 'Paradise in Portchester' float came in 3rd in the community category, Aziza Egyptian Belly Dancers came in 2nd and Portchester Community School PTA came in 1st with their extremely bright and colourful Rio Olypmics float; there was definitely an exotic feel to the air. 

Paradise in Portchester

Aziza Egyptian Belly Dancing

Portchester Community School PTA 

In the Pre-Schools Category Little Stars Day Nursery came in 2nd with their adorable rendition of 'The Hungry Caterpillar' but were just beaten to the post by Andy Pandy Pre-school and their float which celebrated the Queens birthday.

Little Stars Day Nursery

Andy Pandy Pre-school

There was fierce competition in the childrens and young people category with 3rd Portchester Scout group standing proud, Everyone Active achieved 3rd place with their vast numbers of talented dancers and Portchester Youth Theatre came in 2nd place. Wicor Primary School took 1st and blew
everyone away with their Harry Potter themed float, with hand made house emblems, the sorting hat and all of the Hogwarts favourites present; it was really a treat to see. 

3rd Portchester Scout Group

Everyone Active School of Dance

Portchester Youth Theatre

Wicor Primary School

Others involved in the parade were our kind sponsors LV NOON, in tow with the NOON banner and children dancing all the way to the castle! We also had Charmaine of Portchester taking part in the parade this year, who in under 24 hours managed to get together an amazing display of flowers and flower pots, a wonderful sight. Also, not forgetting Coffee Cup with their mascot and more people dancing down the street.
And finally our local Fire and Police Services who are so dear to us all were represented with the huge fire engine and police car!


Charmaine's of Portchester

Coffee Cup

Portchester Fire Station

Portchester Community Association would like to thank all involved in the Parade who make it the community attraction it is, without you we would have no Parade! This includes the local schools, teachers,
parents and children who get together to make such wonderful floats, they truly are amazing. The local pre-schools, the local businesses, dance groups, scouts, marching bands, vintage cars and police and fire services; thank you for coming together and getting involved! Finally thank you to those who volunteer as
marshalls to make sure everyone is safe, your time is much appreciated! 

Once in the Castle grounds there was an array of food and entertainment available, with performances from Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band, Aziza Egyptain Belly Dancing, TS Tenacity, Everyone Active and some wonderful puppetry by the Hand to mouth theatre company who performed ‘A Dragons Tale.’ 

Hand to Mouth Theatre Company perform 'A Dragons Tale'

Throughout the Gala site many treasures could be found with handmade crafts, activities by local scouts and guides and representation from local charities and businesses.Of course, we cannot forget the fun to be had at the funfair too, with lots of rides to choose from, we also had traditional donkey rides and the gala favourite, Trigger the Train. Not forgetting the classic cars and the chip pan fire demonstartion by Hampshire Fire service. Everyone who was anyone was at the Gala!

Donkey rides with 'Hayling Island Donkeys'

Trigger the Train

Classic Cars Display

Tea cup rides!

The excitement of the raffle came next with the amazing prizes kindly donated by local traders for the 10 lucky winners. All proceeds from the raffle go towards paying for the Christmas tree in Portchester precinct, so all money raised goes towards a very worthy cause, Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and to the traders for being so generous.

The day ended with some fierce competition in the Tug-of-War and all the teams really but their backs into it, but the ‘Wicor Dads’ were victorious (much to the delight of their children).

Marine Cadets competing in the Tug-of-War

Wicor Dad's gleeful in their win of the half firkin of ale

The children of Portchester putting up a fight with the winning team

Thank you to everyone who takes part and makes the Gala the wonderful community event we all know and love. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Portchester Community Association CIO - Registered Charity Number 1154548
2 New Parade, West Street, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 9UY
Tel: (023) 9221 0048
Email: admin@portchesterca.org.uk

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