Memorial bench unveiled at St George celebrations

  • Annual Hayling for St George held months after patron’s day
  • Organisers want to make sure they get sunshine
  • Family surprised by memorial bench for well-known man
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NOT everybody celebrates St George’s Day four months after it happens.

But the residents of Hayling Island do each year in a bid to enjoy the sunshine.

This is amazing, this was a real surprise and an amazing effort

Hilary Gaines

And their annual celebration was made all the more poignant as people paid tribute to a man who served his community.

Barbara Gale, 91, the widow of Alderman Ted Gale, unveiled a bench in his honour at the festivities he enjoyed attending.

She said: ‘It’s very good, really. I know he’s always loved Hayling Island.’

Ted’s daughter Hilary Gaines, 66, of Warsash, added: ‘This is amazing. This was a real surprise and an amazing effort.

‘It’s amazing people have thought of dad. We all knew he was very busy promoting up until he died.’

A seat in front of the stage where Ted used to sit and do security had been left empty for him.

Cash for the bench had been raised as a surprise by the residents of Hayling.

Ted died aged 87 in December and had served Hayling as a councillor for 12 years.

Sounds of the Swinging Sixties filled the air at the event with the band Out of The Shadows performing.

The day attracted young and old, residents and holidaymakers alike.