Rain can't take shine off village fair

WOOLPIT'S traditional annual street fair was deemed a resounding success by organisers as the village was swamped by Bank Holiday visitors from far and wide.

WOOLPIT'S traditional annual street fair was deemed a resounding success by organisers as the village was swamped by Bank Holiday visitors from far and wide.

Every pitch in the village centre was filled and it was standing room only among the two to three thousand visitors who flocked to the picturesque village for the quintessentially British occasion, sponsored by the EADT.

Even a brief spell of heavy rainfall failed to dampen the fair spirit as hardy souls brazened it out until the sun reappeared.

Organiser Mike Triebwasser said: "We are really pleased with the turnout, it may seem a bit of a lighter crowd than usual, but there has been a steady flow and people just keep coming.


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"We have laid on a new shuttle bus service from the car park at the edge of the village and there has been some very positive feedback about that and it has been very well used."

Visitors enjoyed such traditional pastimes as Morris dancing and sampling the local ale, alongside more modern innovations such as balloon art and circus skills classes.

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Many of the village's charities had stalls raising much-needed funds for a variety of causes, alongside crafts, plants, home produce and refreshments, while the younger visitors were kept entertained by a funfair.

Mr Triebwasser said: "Hopefully we should raise a couple of thousand pounds for charity, most of which will go to the young people in the village.

"The community is such here that he older residents are already well-looked after and we thought it would be nice to do something for the younger ones.

"Everyone's made a real effort and we are particularly grateful to the police, who have done a great job here today."

Fellow organiser Joan Sibley said: "It is a real community effort, and along with the money raised by the individual stall holders and charities, the money will go to help the youngsters towards a skate ramp, which is something they want.

"The sponsorship from the EADT has been a great help, and we are thankful to everyone who has helped out, there has been fantastic support from the community, this is the 27 or 28th year the fair has been going, and about six years ago it looked like it was on the way out, but people have been working for this since January and we are very pleased with the way things have gone."

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