Jubilee hot air balloon ride celebration

An auction for a hot air balloon ride was among the attractions on offer in a Hampshire village last weekend, which combined its annual summer fair with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

South Harting village committee organised a number of activities and exhibitions for the traditional Bank Holiday weekend festival, which has been held since 1961 to raise money for local charities and village projects.

The weekend started on Saturday with a traditional English country tea in the village hall, with requests for places far outstripping the tickets available.

Even the bad weather was not enough to blight the party mood, with lunch on Sunday open to anyone who brought their own picnic to South Gardens, where the only requirement was to dress for the occasion – a suggestion embraced wholeheartedly by the revellers, who arrived wearing tiaras and crowns.

Entertainment for the children featured strongly, with a number of organised games taking place throughout the weekend, while the artistic could enter the Harting Jubilee annual arts and crafts competition. The fancy dress competition continued the royal theme this year with contestants being judged for the ‘Best Dressed Queen’ costume.

In addition there was a flower show in the local church, a number of craft demonstration and a dog show, as well as food stalls selling locally grown produce and refreshments.

Local bands and musicians playing traditional and contemporary music entertained the visitors throughout the weekend, which culminated with the hot air balloon display and the lighting of the Jubilee beacon on Harting Down.

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