Picture gallery: East Mersea fete success
A LONG-RUNNING village fete featuring a mix of family fun and community stalls has had one of its most successful years, attracting more than 2,000 people.
Visitors to the East Mersea Fete on Saturday were treated to a show from the Colchester Bird of Prey Display Team as well as music, games and home-made food.
David Leggitt, who has helped to organise the event for the last 53 years, said: “It was a wonderful day which showed community spirit at its best.
“Many places would envy the community spirit that we have here which makes events like this so successful.
“We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us to raise money and we’ll be back again next year.”
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The fete raised about �7,000 and, once costs have been met, the money will be split between the East Mersea church and village hall.
The event, held in the gardens of East Mersea Hall, was opened by the Reverend Gill Fieldgate and featured 38 stalls selling cakes, produce, books and toys.
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Families took part in activities including pony rides, a bouncy castle, a coconut shy, and even the stocks which retuned to the fete after a few years’ absence.
In addition to the fete an art show was held in East Mersea Village Hall displaying paintings by many Essex artists, and a flower festival took place in East Mersea Church.