Branscombe Harvest Fair proves bountiful for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:16 24 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 26 September 2016

Staff from Branscombe Primary School were soaked by firefighters to help raise money for Force Cancer Charity.

Staff from Branscombe Primary School were soaked by firefighters to help raise money for Force Cancer Charity.

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Branscombe Harvest Fair has been hailed as a ‘real triumph’ by organisers, after large crowds turned out for a day of family fun.

The Harvest King and Queen are crowned.The Harvest King and Queen are crowned.

Villagers and visitors enjoyed sunny weather and a wide range of activities and stalls on Saturday.

The fair committee said numbers were up on last year’s village show, with 306 entries across the different classes - making hard work for judges.

Ross Willmington, on behalf of the committee, said: “This year’s Branscombe Harvest Fair was a real triumph.

“A gloriously sunny and warm day meant a large turnout of locals and visitors alike, who enjoyed the main arena displays and great range of stalls and other attractions on offer. We had a great village show with the number of entries significantly up on last year.”

Crowds enjoyed a fun day at Branscombe Harvest Fair.Crowds enjoyed a fun day at Branscombe Harvest Fair.

The event opened with the crowning of the Harvest King and Queen, Branscombe Primary School pupils Tom Gibbins and Rachel Fuell.

In the main area, crowds could watch a birds of prey display, the Sunshine Samba band from Seaton, and a performance from the Coombefield Dog Agility display team.

The fair committee continued to build on the success of the previous week’s Whacky Races by collecting in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity. Sidmouth firefighters, the Harvest King and Queen and even Dr Who’s fiercest enemies, the Daleks, were on hand to collect £422 for the cause.

To boost the total, staff from Branscombe Primary School volunteered to be hosed down by the firefighters, with the help of some of the pupils.

The harvest committee also thanked residents and organisations for donations and contributions in making the event ‘such a success’.

Visitors are encouraged to give feedback about the event by visiting the fair’s Facebook page.

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