Supporters of Swedish sailors sing national anthem in Hope Square in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: IN FULL VOICE: Swedish visitors in Hope Square IN FULL VOICE: Swedish visitors in Hope Square

THE Swedish national anthem echoed around Hope Square in Weymouth thanks to family members of their sailing team.

Supporters of Swedish sailors Anna Kjellberg, Astrid Gabrielson and Sebastian Ostling congregated at the Red Lion pub to make the most of the Olympic atmosphere.

The patriotic group were joined by the sailors themselves who said they intended to make the most of the sunny weather in Weymouth.

Jonas and Gerd Kjellberg said they were ‘really proud’ of their daughter Anna.

Mr Kjellberg added: “Anna has been sailing since she was really young and we are just so proud of her.

“She is a little disappointed but we love it here in Weymouth. What a fantastic place.”

Sailor Astrid Gabrielson, who raced in the 470 class, said: “I am feeling disappointed following my race but am so happy we have so much support from home here.

“I love it here in Weymouth especially as it is really good weather.”

Spirits were high as the supportive crowd, dressed in Swedish colours and flags, serenaded passers-by with their national anthem.

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