Thousands flock to massive street fair

IT was billed as one of the biggest street fairs in the county and the thousands of visitors who flocked to a Suffolk village yesterday would certainly support that claim.

IT was billed as one of the biggest street fairs in the county and the thousands of visitors who flocked to a Suffolk village yesterday would certainly support that claim.

Boasting a wide array of events for youngsters and adults alike, the annual Woolpit Street Fair certainly had something for everyone.

Basking in the largely beautiful Bank Holiday sunshine, visitors were treated to the usual mix of top-notch entertainment, which has earned the event such a highly regarded reputation over the years.

Organiser Ken Sibley said: "I think the event went exceedingly well and at times the village was absolutely jam-packed which was pleasing.


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"There are two main objectives of the street fair - to provide entertainment for the residents of Woolpit and to attract visitors into the village for the benefit of local groups.

"I think the street fair has historically been successful because we are between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Woolpit is also a very historical village and it is a beautiful setting for the street fair."

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Visitors were immediately greeted with the dozens of stalls featuring a wide variety of crafts, plants, and delicious temptations.

As stallholders tried to coax shoppers to find a bargain, this area was comparatively serene against the hustle and bustle of the fairground filled with colours and lights and screams from the brave thrill-seekers.

The usual mix of high-class entertainment came courtesy of the traditional fun fair, a Punch and Judy show and children's magic from Bobzya-Runkle .

Adult tastes were also well catered for in the shape of Washboard Chris, folk group Cameo and the Hadleigh High School Swing Band.

As is now common, cars were a distant memory as the roads into the village were closed off allowing visitors safe access to the wealth of entertainment and traditional stalls on offer in the village centre, village hall and playing field.

Money raised from the street fair, sponsored by the EADT, will go towards youth projects in the village including plans for a skate park and youth club.

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