Olympic mascots at Portland show

Dorset Echo: Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds with Wenlock and Mandeville and, inset, Portland Revive’s Yvonne Bevan Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds with Wenlock and Mandeville and, inset, Portland Revive’s Yvonne Bevan

THE official Olympic and Paralympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, will be special guests at the Portland Show today.

The fun-filled family day is taking place in the grounds of HMP The Verne, Portland from 10am. Organised by Revive Portland and supported by the prison and Synergy Housing, the Portland Show, is a free community event for all ages.

The day is aimed at showcasing Island life and will feature displays about Portland’s wildlife, history and traditions.

There will also be performances from GwellC Street Dancers, Portland Majorettes and the Island Voices choir.

Other activities to entertain younger visitors will include the chance to meet baby goats and lambs from Fancy’s Farm, face painting and the chance to try stone carving. Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will be available for photos throughout the day.

Yvonne Beven, of Revive Portland said: “The prison grounds have, without doubt, some of the best views on the island making this a perfect venue for a family day out.”

Hot food will be available from the outdoor barbecue and lighter refreshments can be bought from the Jailhouse Café.

The show opens at 10am and there is ample free parking for visitors, including disabled parking.

The Island Community Action (ICA) wheelchair-friendly minibus is available to take elderly people to the show and back home for a small charge. To book a seat, call 01305 823789.

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