Portchester Gala 2016
Thank you to everyone who came down to the Castle for Portchester Gala, we hope you all had a wonderful time! Below is the write up from Portsmouth News. Please visit the 'Gala 2016' page for more information.
Portchester Gala returns this year on Saturday 18 June 2016. This celebrated annual event dating back over 100 years has for the past eight years been managed by Portchester Community Association (PCA).
Leaving from Portchester Community Centre car park at 11.00 a.m. the Gala procession features a carnival of colourful and innovative floats capturing the talents of local schools, scouts, marching bands, performers and classic car enthusiasts to name only a few. Proceeding the length of White Hart Lane and Castle Street, the carnival leads the public through the village to the iconic Roman fortress of Portchester Castle.
Alan Knight MBE Portsmouth FC Ambassador will judge and present the float prizes - always a difficult task as the standard rises every year - and then officially open the Gala where the winners of the parade trophies will be announced and another day in the Gala’s history begins…
The afternoon provides a plethora of exciting arena activities, bands, dancers and local displays, surrounded by stalls offering some of Hampshire’s most exclusive products as well as plenty of ice cream, candy floss and refreshments. There is lots for all the family on offer including sports, games, local crafts and homemade produce while outside the castle walls the fun fair is destined to provide a momentous experience with dippers, bumper cars, and thrilling rides.Don’t forget the tug-of-war knock-out competition at the end of the afternoon before the grand raffle prize-winners are announced!
For more information and entry forms (it’s not too late for a stall and/or a carnival procession entry), call at Portchester Community Association Community Hub, 2 New Parade, 38 West Street, Portchester PO16 9UY, phone 023 9221 0048, or download from the Gala web site www.portchestergala.btck.co.uk
Raffle tickets are available from Portchester Hub, some Portchester Traders, and on the day at
the PCA stand with prizes sponsored by Portchester Traders. (Funds raised support purchase of the Portchester Precinct Christmas Tree 2016 and Christmas event). See you at the Gala!
With photographs taken by Fareham & Portchester Camera Club