HUNDREDS of Hampshire residents turned out for a music festival to help fund a major restoration project.

With revellers dancing in the sun the Rock the Pier in Hythe event took place on Saturday.

It was organised by campaigners including Hythe Pier Heritage Association (HPHA).

As well as providing entertainment for people of all ages the event was staged to restore the jetty to its former glory.

Throughout the day bands and soloists played on the main stage and pier head stage, giving their time and musical talent for free to support the cause. 

The fun continued in the Lord Nelson pub, where bands entertained everyone into the evening.

Over 1,300 people visited Hythe Pier during the event, either walking the 700 yards to the Waiting Room Pop up café at far end of the pier or riding the Hythe Pier Train. 

The 138-year-old pier is owned by Blue Funnel, which saved the ferry service from closure when previous operator White Horse pulled out.

HPHA, working together with Blue Funnel, has taken on the task of raising enough money to refurbish the 700-yard structure.

Campaigners are planning to replace the track used by the train that takes ferry passengers up and down the pier, repair empty and dilapidated buildings at the end of the pier and improve the entrance.

To find out more about the campaign to save Hythe Pier call 023 8098 6480.