Children and parents enjoy fun morning

From left,  Jaydon Fewings, 11, and the Easter bonnet he made with his sister Layla-Kay Fewings, 13, and fun day helper Irene Beard.
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From left, Jaydon Fewings, 11, and the Easter bonnet he made with his sister Layla-Kay Fewings, 13, and fun day helper Irene Beard. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160546-4)
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EASTER celebrations were not deterred by this weekend’s weather with families gathering to join in the extravaganza.

The fun took place at 10.30am in the Parish of St Clare’s, Havant, yesterday – where Warren Park councillors hosted a morning of games.

From left, Ava Andrews, seven, her grandmother Councillor Beryl Francis, Tegan Batchelor, eight, with her brother Lennie Batchellor, three, and the event organiser Heidi Golder 
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From left, Ava Andrews, seven, her grandmother Councillor Beryl Francis, Tegan Batchelor, eight, with her brother Lennie Batchellor, three, and the event organiser Heidi Golder Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160546-1)

The event was also attended by police, firefighters and paramedics, as well as the mayor and mayoress of Havant.

‘It has been a lovely day, we have had face painting, decorating Easter bonnets, painting mugs and so much more,’ said mayoress, Cllr Leah Turner.

‘Everyone has had a good time and we have had a wide range of ages and talents come here today – it has very much been a successful day.’

The event is in its eighth year and usually takes place on the Warren Park school field but because of the heavy rain and high winds the fun had to be moved to inside the church.

From left, Mayor of Havant Councillor Leah Turner and consort Andy Cousins with Heather Collins and Janet Horn 
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From left, Mayor of Havant Councillor Leah Turner and consort Andy Cousins with Heather Collins and Janet Horn Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160546-2)

Warren Park councillor Richard Brown said: ‘Apart from the weather disrupting a few of our normal events, today has been very well attended – it could have been a lot worse.’

‘We usually have old-fashioned games on the field such as tug-of-war, hopscotch and egg and spoon races, but we had to abandon that this year because the rain made the field too soggy.’

However the change in venue did not stop children enjoying other games on offer.

‘We have hosted a lot of raffles such as jolly jam jars where you pay 50p a go and win a prize every time,’ said Janet Horn.

‘I think it has been a really big success today, lots of children came and we have had a lot of support from parents.’

‘I don’t think the rain has stopped the fun – we didn’t think that we would get so many people turning up but the weather has not kept them away.’