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WINDSURFING novices are being invited to have a go at the sport as the National Watersports Festival comes to Hayling Island.

Havant Borough Council is subsidising taster sessions for windsurfing, which was invented at Hayling by Peter Chilvers in 1958.

The festival takes place on August 31 and September 1.

Councillor Yvonne Weeks, in charge of communities, said: ‘The festival will bring people from all over the world to Hayling Island.

‘We’re proud to offer these sessions to our residents to give them an opportunity to try out windsurfing and hopefully encourage them to take it up.’