THE focus of Gosport Marine Festival is on maritime-related activities but it also offers more than six hours of free entertainment for those want to take some time out and relax.
Tomorrow – Saturday, September 4 – the Millennium Timespace – located between Holy Trinity Church Green and the promenade – will be where the former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, and the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Mark Hook, will formally open the festival after a parade by the Rose & Thistle Pipes & Drums.
Then Timespace will host a programme of music – with a little magic – through until the closing ceremony:
0935 – Parade Forms in TimeSpace
0935 – Rose & Thistle Pipes & Drum playing on the Pier
0940 – March on the Pipes & Drums from the Pier
1000 – Opening Ceremony Mayor of Gosport & Admiral Sir Jonathon Band
Followed by Neil Levy sings
1100 – Gosport Sea cadets perform Sailors Hornpipe
1120 – Suzie Schofield (violinist)
1140 – Derek Ince (swing music)
1200 – Sea Shanties
1230 – Roy Coombs (Rat pack crooner)
1300 – Thorngate Panto
1330 – St Vincent’s musical talent
1400 – Derek Ince (singer & acoustic)
1430 – Darren Holden magician
1500 – Little Shipmates Awards Ceremony
Followed by at about
1600 Military Wives and the closing Ceremony
Around Timespace in the south-east corner of Gosport, the festival will be in full swing with displays and food stalls on Holy Trinity Church Green, water-based activities on the Cockle Pond and in Haslar Marina, which will also have a Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel and a range of historic ships tied up and ready for inspection.
As reported in The Globe – www.thegosportglobe.co.uk/gosport-marine-festival-shipshape-and-ready-for-action/ – places for the free pre-bookable activities are being snapped up though some places are still available.
Booking is online at: www.bookwhen.com/gosportmarinefestival
It is possible that some places will become available on the day but while all safety equipment will be provided, participants are advised to wear clothing that they don’t mind getting wet, and to bring a towel.
Further information about the festival can be found at: www.gosportmarinefestival.co.uk
Organised by Portsmouth Harbour Marine in partnership with Gosport Borough Council, the Gosport Marine Festival is supported by the Andrew Simpson Foundation, boatfolk, the owners of Haslar Marina, Hampshire County Council, Wates Residential, Gosport Hospital Radio, MAA, British Marine Trades Association, ASDA, Seldén Mast, Lee-on-the-Solent and Stokes Bay Sailing Clubs, Gosport Sea Cadets, Gosport Scouts, Master Mariners, Victoria Quay, Regional City Airports (Solent Airport), SubSea Craft, Trafalgar Properties, and Premier Gosport Marina.
Photo (top): The Military Wives Choir will be performing again at this year’s Gosport Marine Festival