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Tradition meets technology at Southampton Boat show

It's an enormous contributor to the local economy, and attracts thousands of visitors- this year's Southampton Boat show is under way

More than 120 thousand people are expected at Mayflower Park over the next week. But it's not just a celebration of the maritime industry with boating displays, and international exhibits - it's also where multi-million pounds contracts will be signed.

Andrew Pate has been meeting some of the exhibitors

Hampshire village will be transformed this weekend

Local traders are all set for the food festival on Sunday Credit: Wickham Food Festival

A group of eager volunteers is gearing up for the first ever Taste of Wickham festival to be held in Wickham’s famous medieval square on Sunday 14 September from 10am-4pm.

Local produce, barbecues, tasters and cookery demonstrations are all on the menu.

The Square will be closed to traffic from 6am to 6pm on the day with a special park and ride service operating from Westlands Farm from the start of the event at 10am.

A helping hand from the National Lottery Credit: Wickham Food Festival

Visitors will be able to enjoy music and shopping as well as food and drink, and entertainment for children.

Led by Winchester City Council’s Market Towns Development Officer, the group first met back in January to discuss the idea of holding a food festival. Several meetings later, and the event turned into a celebration of everything that is great about Wickham, not just the food.

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