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Thousands visit for the opening weekend of the annual Hythe Festival

By Matt Leclere

Thousands of people visited for the first full day of The Hythe Festival. Saturday’s events began with the crowning of Miss Hythe Festival, Lisa Wells.

A grand parade followed through the High Street from Douglas Avenue to Red Lion Square.

Among those in the parade were the Hythe Town Band and their twin town counterparts from Poperinge in Belgium, the Royal British Legion, Hythe Ukelele Band, the town’s Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and East Kent Piping Society.

Thousands visited the town this weekend. Pictures Gary Browne

Thousands visited the town this weekend. Pictures: Gary Browne

Meanwhile, shopkeepers in Hythe are battling it out this week with a First World War themed window dressing competition.

Businesses in the town centre are getting into the creative spirit for the town's annual festival.

Jean Macdonald from 13 Marine with her 'Digging for victory display'

Jean Macdonald from 13 Marine with her 'Digging for victory display'

Lorraine Hastie from Elysian Treasures

Lorraine Hastie from Elysian Treasures

Beverley Harper and Maxine Huddart from Obidosh

Beverley Harper and Maxine Huddart from Obidosh

And shoppers are now being asked to vote for their favourite display.

Voting closes on Thursday. Anyone can choose their favourite window by texting the name of the shop to 07857 949671.

See this week's Folkestone and Hythe Express - out Wednesday - for the full story and more pictures.

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