New west Suffolk fete is heralded a success by organisers
PUBLISHED: 11:55 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 11 September 2018
More than 500 people attended a new fete on the outskirts of Sudbury at the weekend - which raised £2,000 for charity.
Highlights at the first-ever Ballingdon Fete included a dog show, live music, a belly dancing routine and a chance for children to try out their football skills with AFC Sudbury.
The toy sheep throwing competition – which was themed on the legend of Suffolk and Essex dragons hurling livestock at each other – was won by Andy Pinkus in the adult category and Alice Selwood in the children’s section.
The mayor of Sudbury, Sue Ayres, opened proceedings and Rob Brooks from the fete’s chosen charity – the Eden Rose Coppice – also spoke to crowds about the charity’s work.
Andy Message, fete chairman, said: “It was a brilliant, busy day and we’d like to thank sponsors, stallholders, helpers and visitors who made it all happen.
“When we set out to do this we had two aims, to raise some money for a good cause and to bring the community together.
“We did both and we are so pleased with the way it went.”