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Cracking fun planned for New Milton Lions Club's Easter Extravaganza

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EGGSITEMENT is mounting for New Milton’s Easter celebration on Saturday – the town’s first major community event in over two years.

Taking over the recreation ground from 11am to 4pm with a packed line-up of entertainment, over 50 stalls and fun activities, the Lions Club Easter Extravaganza follows a false-start in November 2021.

As reported in the A&T, after Covid-19 measures cancelled the Christmas festival in 2020, Storm Arwen put paid to its return the following year.

The Easter event was dreamed up after the popular New Milton Christmas Festival was cancelled over two consecutive years
The Easter event was dreamed up after the popular New Milton Christmas Festival was cancelled over two consecutive years

The Lions Club then decided to remount it, with a twist, for the Easter weekend.

Alan Watson, organiser and Lions club activities committee chair, said: “It is hoped that after almost two-and-a-half years, we can see New Milton’s recreation ground come alive again with Saturday’s Lions Club Easter Extravaganza, and that people can once again join together, have fun, enjoy themselves whilst being mindful that Covid is still with us.”

But he added: “It shouldn’t and mustn’t spoil our ability to come together as a community.”

Local musician and entertainer Mike Sidaway will kick off proceedings at the performance pavilion with classics from the 1940s to the present day.

There will be a children’s entertainer and a host of acts including the New Forest Rock Choir, local vocalist Millie Sandford, Crossed Line and MUSK (Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub), culminating in a gig by popular local band We Are Robot.

Arena entertainment will include the return of the Friendly Dog Club’s popular Fun Dog Show after three years, with contests ranging from prettiest girl to scruffiest dog.

Magician Jamie Jigsaw will show what tricks he has up his sleeve, and there will be a demonstration from a group of professional local wrestlers.

Community groups, crafters and some commercial food and drink suppliers will preside over the host of stalls.

Mr Watson continued: “I hope that at long last, we can all really enjoy the day, have some fun and raise some much-needed funds, that have been so depleted by the long pandemic, and that as a result of Saturday’s event, we can get back to doing what we do best and that is supporting needy and worthwhile causes in our local community, whilst having a lot of fun while we do it.”

The club will next handle New Milton’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorations.

Bank holiday Thursday 2nd June will see Fawcett’s Field taken over by stalls, live entertainment, a French Market and flypasts by a Spitfire and a Lancaster bomber.

There will then be celebrations on the recreation ground on the Friday and Saturday.

For more information visit the New Milton Residents’ Association website at www.newmilton.net or call Mr Watson on 07771 754025.

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