Festival of St George celebrated at Stubbington

The Mayor of Fareham (left) Cllr. Susan Bayford accepts the pennant from (right) Warsash Sea Cadet Oliver Latus (15) as 'St George (centre) looks on ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141170-9660) PPP-140420-000243003
The Mayor of Fareham (left) Cllr. Susan Bayford accepts the pennant from (right) Warsash Sea Cadet Oliver Latus (15) as 'St George (centre) looks on ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141170-9660) PPP-140420-000243003
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HUNDREDS of people gathered in Stubbington in honour of England’s patron saint.

The annual Festival of St George took place in Stubbington Green on Saturday.

Organised by the Crofton Lions Club, it sees a series of events held to celebrate St George’s Day, which is on Wednesday.

Reg Norton is president of the Crofton Lions and helps to organise the event every year.

He said: ‘It’s a celebration of England. Seven years ago we started here in the village to hold a celebration that would bring about all that is best about our country.

‘I like people to have a pride in the place where they live and their heritage and we also like to entertain people.’

The festival started when St George paraded around the village on his horse, and then walked into the village green followed by the Warsash Sea Cadets.

The Mayor of Fareham, councillor Susan Bayford, said: ‘This is fantastic. It’s lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves.

‘There are lots of different stalls and various entertainment.

‘I have got great admiration for the Crofton Lions. They have put a lot of work into this. This sort of thing is what we call the backbone of our country.

‘I like to think that this sort of thing has been going on for hundreds of years in our communities.

‘It’s all part of our tradition. It’s something we should be proud of.’

Entertainment at the festival included a Punch and Judy show, the Stokes Bay Strummers, morris dancing a magic show and children’s fancy dress.

There were also a variety of stalls for people to buy refreshments, sweets, fruit and vegetables and gifts.

And there were re-enactment groups that recreated the time when Stubbington was formed.

Steve Reading, 45, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s a good day out for the children to see St George.

‘It’s brilliant. It’s an excellent community and country event.’

Katie Field, 24, from Fair Oak, went along with her family including her two children – Samuel, five, and Oliver, 18 months.

She said: ‘We come every year. We love it. The kids really enjoy it.’