There was a real diversity of stall holders there. The police, Fire Service, Environmental Health, Prison Service right through to Victim Support, The Gay Lesbian and Bi-Sexual support group, Domestic Abuse team, Neighbourhood watch and even the Community Chef. It was a wonderful day really showcasing how many people on the Isle of Wight really care about their local community and how they are trying to make it a safer, more supported place to live.
They estimate about 700 people came on the day, although it felt like many more than that to me. We had many fantastic conversations with the public, some who knew all about us, and many that had never heard of us. Lots of people did make a point of coming up to me and thanking us for our presence on the streets and wishing us well for the future. Indeed quite a few people came up and thanked us because we had helped them personally. It was real confirmation that we are being very well accepted by the people in our towns.