For St George and England let the festivities begin...

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THE FLAG of England flew high over Hayling seafront in the summer breeze.

Hayling for St George was postponed in April due to rain – but it was certainly worth the wait as hundreds basked in the sunshine and were treated to an afternoon of patriotic entertainment.

People of all ages danced around Eastoke Plaza as they enjoyed music from Langstone Big Band, George Regis Jazz Band, and Out of the Shadows.

There was also a display of military vehicles from Solent Overlord, as well as a line-up of classic cars. The charity for this year’s event was the Hayling Island Branch of the Lions.

Organiser Leah Turner said: ‘We’ve had a mixture of music today from the 60s to Glenn Miller in the 30s and 40s, and traditional jazz, as well as a young lady singer from Hayling Island.

‘It’s been a really busy day.

‘We have just put up the flag and we think it’s St George’s Day.’

She said the weather had probably made it the best celebration yet. Leah added: ‘Pride in your country is important, but on Hayling Island we like a party anyway.’

The Hayling Island First Responders were giving information to the public at the event and the local police community support officer let children sit in his car for photographs.

The event is supported by many businesses, including Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club, Bay of Bengal, Elliotts Coastguard Cafe, Print Smarter, Amusements and Refreshments and Whistler’s, as well as Havant Borough Council.




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