Families enjoy all the fun of the fayre!

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From stalls selling toys to a real ale tent, there was something for everyone at the May Fayre.

Thousands of families went to the church event, which is in its 31st year.

2/5/2016 (NEWS)

St Mary's Church in Fratton, held their annual May Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday.

Pictured is: A view of the May Fayre from the church tower. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (160655-6161) PPP-160205-152411001

2/5/2016 (NEWS) St Mary's Church in Fratton, held their annual May Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday. Pictured is: A view of the May Fayre from the church tower. Picture: Sarah Standing (160655-6161) PPP-160205-152411001

Organised by St Mary’s Church and Big Fratton Local, the fayre encourages families to have a fun day out as well as learn about groups in the area.

At the annual event, held yesterday, there were a range of games to win prizes, merry-go-rides, laser tag and horse rides for children.

An arena held live entertainment with dance groups Surrender Dance Academy and Abstract Dance Academy performing.

And there was plenty of food and drinks on offer too.

Bella Tomkinson, from Baffins, enjoys cuddles with one of the rabbits (160655-6176)

Bella Tomkinson, from Baffins, enjoys cuddles with one of the rabbits (160655-6176)

Inside the church, off Fratton Road, community groups and organisations gave out information on what they do.

Dad-of-three Jason Warren, from Southsea, went along with his wife Jennifer and youngest daughter Abbie, five.

He says: ‘It was really good and interesting to see just how many groups there are for young people in this area.

‘My daughter liked watching the dancers and is thinking about joining one after seeing them.’

Ethan Longden, from North End, rings the bell on the fire engine (160655-6187)

Ethan Longden, from North End, rings the bell on the fire engine (160655-6187)

He adds: ‘We come here every year and it seems to improve.

‘It’s good for the community.’

Megan Lox, 19 from Fratton, went with her boyfriend Max Reynolds.

She says: ‘The event is good and it caters for people of all ages.

Magician Melvyn Coles entertains the crowds (160655-6240)

Magician Melvyn Coles entertains the crowds (160655-6240)

‘There’s a really wide range of older couples to young families to teenagers which I think events need nowadays.’

Max, 20, adds: ‘It was an enjoyable afternoon and the home-made cider was good.

‘It’s nice to see something like this in Fratton.’

Pals Andy Hotten from North End and Ivor Inseal from Fratton (160655-6265)

Pals Andy Hotten from North End and Ivor Inseal from Fratton (160655-6265)

The Smiley Campbell Band performing (160655-6285)

The Smiley Campbell Band performing (160655-6285)