HUNDREDS of people flocked to Poole Quay for the return of the annual Seafood Festival.

It was the second time the Quay played host to the festival which brough live music, oysters and cooking lessons.

Visitors made the most of the good weather and packed out the festival which coincided the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Jack Labonn, attending the event, said he was pleased to see so many people out and enjoying themselves.

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He said: “I’m looking for a distraction, excitement and beauty.

“There’s a large amount of people here enjoying the food. I’m going to be here for the whole day and just wander around.

“It’s lovely. I have my red, white and blue on my hat. It’s just lovely to see all the people.”

Also attending this year were volunteers from the RNLI with collection boxes raising money for the charity.

Gerald Beddard, dressed in his yellow RNLI-branded dry suit, was greeting visitors to the festival as they passed.

He said: “The festival always invite us along because they believe in the cause we’re doing.

“We have 238 stations to look after, nearly 6,000 crew members and 95 per cent are volunteers, we rely totally on monetary donations.

“The festival and other events in Poole invite us along because we’re all one big family and our involvement here is because here at Poole we have our support centre.

“Everyone has been very supportive today. We’re here in a day and age when there are many charities, they’re all worthy causes.

“The thing about it is, one is free to give or not to give. It doesn’t matter to us if they give to others, we Brits are very generous.”

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The Seafood Festival is on all weekend, showcasing fresh food and local produce along the Quay.

The popular champagne and oyster bar is available all weekend, as is a wide range of beer, cider and wine.

Live music also continues from acts such as the Wareham Whalers, The Captain's Beard, All Funked Up, Chris Payn, Mischa & His Merry Men, Jimmy Hillbillies and Mother Ukers.

The event is free to attend and runs 10am until 9pm on Saturday and 11am until 6pm on Sunday.