Surbiton was buzzing on Saturday as crowds swarmed in to town to enjoy a sunny Surbiton Festival.

About 90 stalls lined Victoria Road and offered everything from skincare products to children’s toys.

Mr Tricky the clown delighted kids alongside Bridie, a 7ft Irish tea lady, who proved as huge a hit as last year.

Malcolm Finn, president of Surbiton Rotary Club, who helped organise the festival along with Kingston and Wimbledon YMCA and Traders Coffee, described it as an “absolutely super” day.

Mr Finn said: “It was such a lovely day, we had great weather for it. All you could see was people.

“It has really become part of the social calender. From the Rotary’s point of view, it’s fantastic to get the community together.”

Surbiton station closed its forecourt and hosted a packed schedule of entertainment up until 4pm, including a bouncy castle, jazz band and morris dancers.

Organisers said the number attending was much higher than last year, and it was not just residents who were out in force.

The mayor of Kingston Councillor Ian McDonald opened the festival and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Edward Davey, also made an appearance.

A handful of enthusiastic councillors even arrived at 6am to help set up the stalls, which Mr Finn said was “very good of them”.

The previous weekend saw the festival, which has been running for 15 years, kicked off in magnificent style with the RNLI rally which boasted a marching band and racing gondoliers.

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