Recent Pier Press

Families enjoy South Parade Pier and Southsea Model Village amid lockdown restrictions easing

Families enjoy South Parade Pier and Southsea Model Village amid lockdown restrictions easing

Months of lockdown wilderness had robbed people of the fun variety of attractions on offer in Southsea.

But people were eager to make up for lost time while businesses offered a warm welcome to their guests.

….Meanwhile on South Parade Pier, families were catching up on all that missed out fun by taking in the rides and games.

Carmen Pollard, 31, enjoyed being able to take her son Elias Pinckney, five, onto the attractions. ‘It’s good to be out again. He’s loving going on the rides,’ she said.

‘We’ve kept busy going out and about during lockdown but it is nice to be able to do things like this again.’

Elias added: ‘I’ve had lots of fun.’

Petersfield couple Steve Kyte and his wife Lucy enjoyed the thrill of being on the pier especially after struggling to keep their young boys Ollie and Harry entertained after the latest lockdown.

‘It’s just nice to do new stuff with them after all this time,’ the couple said. ‘It’s a big chunk of their little life to not be able to do things. They’ve only been able to go in the garden or go to the park.

‘It’s good everything is getting up and running and back to some normality. We now have more options of what to do with kids.

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/families-enjoy-south-parade-pier-and-southsea-model-village-amid-lockdown-restrictions-easing-3198163

FUN was back on the agenda for many with the easing of lockdown restrictions as entertainment venues were once again a picture of people and laughter.


Southsea businesses 'optimistic' about summer boom as crowds flock to the seafront for Easter bank holiday

Southsea businesses 'optimistic' about summer boom as crowds flock to the seafront for Easter bank holiday

At South Parade Pier, the Kidz Island funfair is preparing for returning punters as it installs three new rides, including a bumper car ring.

Owner David Wallis said: ‘We have been closed since October. It’s been a tough time. We’re hoping for a good summer - we do need this summer to be good. We’re ready to open and ready to roll.’

For children’s entertainer Leto Kitchen, aka Sylvester the Jester, there is the hope that the improving weather and easing lockdown will continue to bring out the best in people.

The 37-year-old said: ‘It’s just nice to have that feelgood atmosphere back.

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/southsea-businesses-optimistic-about-summer-boom-as-crowds-flock-to-the-seafront-for-easter-bank-holiday-3188430

‘OPTIMISTIC’ businesses in Southsea are preparing for a summer boom as bank holiday crowds begin to make the most of easing restrictions.