Thousands attend festival to see dance displays, listen to live music and enjoy a fair at the Queensmead Festival in Farnborough
A festival was held in Farnborough at the weekend to celebrate the refurbishment of the town's Queensmead shopping centre.
Around 2,000 people attended the day-long festival, which featured a range of attractions including live music and dance performances, a community fair, a classic car display and tours of Farnborough Abbey.
The festival was organised by The Farnborough Society, with help from Rushmoor Borough Council, with planning lasting two months.
The society received a grant of £1,500 from Hampshire County Council to fund the market stalls for a community fair, which was set up outside the shopping centre, and volunteers gave up their time for free.
Councillor Barbara Hurst, society secretary and representative of St John's Ward for Rushmoor, said: "To have pulled off such a successful event at such very short notice, and with extremely limited funds, was little short of miraculous.
"Considering the pressure we were under it was a huge challenge but the community came together to help in a remarkable way and the performers were really willing to work with us and be flexible.
"I think we’ve demonstrated very clearly what can be achieved when the whole community comes together, what a remarkable town we have and what incredible potential there is here and hopefully we can all build on that."
There were performances throughout the day from a number of local music and dance groups including Shuffles Dance Studio, Rushmoor Male Voice Choir and the Rushmoor Concert Band.
The festival concluded with a music and light show, opened by the mayor of Rushmoor, Terry Bridgeman.
He said: "It was an excellent day, despite the weather. A lot of very dedicated people had put plenty of hard work into organising the event and they deserve the credit for the resulting success.
"The acts on the stage and the many stalls in Queensmead were a testimony to how much local people treasure their town centre, I was honoured to be asked to close the proceedings."
The multi-million pound regeneration of the centre, being carried out by St Modwen, is being brought forward in four phases. The first two phases are already complete, after a new Sainsbury's supermarket, JD Wetherspoon pub and The Gym were introduced to Queensmead.
New paving, street lighting, trees and benches have been installed in a pedestrianised area and the redevelopment of Kingsmead is under way, with new restaurants and a Vue cinema set to open next year.