Record attendance at Bacton village fayre

The Suffolk Punch Trust were in attendance, with volunteer from the trust Russell Large.

The Suffolk Punch Trust were in attendance, with volunteer from the trust Russell Large. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk fayre dating back more than 100 years has enjoyed a record attendance.

Philip Jeffries, one of the organisers of the Bacton Fayre and Flower Show, said he couldn’t give a number on how many people that came, but said he was certain a record attendance came to the meadow opposite Bacton Manor House.

He said: “It was three deep around most of the arena.

“The weather was perfect for it.”

The show, which the Lions Club of Stowmarket and District also help organises, saw people take in flower, arts and photography shows, and the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Free Fall Parachute Team, ‘The Tigers’.

There was also music from the Broadside Boys, Stowmarket Concert Band and Stowmarket Boys’ Brigade, as well as stalls, children’s classes and a traditional fairground.

There was also food and drink stalls providing refreshments for all the family.

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Mr Jeffries said: “There was a fantastic variety of things going on.

“The Suffolk Punch Trust were there and brought a Suffolk Punch along, he was magnificent.

“The idea of the show is to act as a vehicle for the other organisations to raise funds.

“We only ask for the show to break even.

“It’s a day for the community.”

Mr Jeffries also said there was an exhibition from the village record, looking at previous editions of the shows, with video footage from 1952 and 1954.

He added: “The show brings the community together, it’s a showcase for Bacton.

“People looking at moving into the village can see what it’s about.

“It was a great day.”

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