Sidbury Fair Week success

HUNDREDS of people were welcomed to Sidbury for one of the biggest and successful fair weeks the village has ever had. Ancient tradition was combined with modern entertainment to offer a host of activities to young and old. Sir John Cave, chairman of Sidb

HUNDREDS of people were welcomed to Sidbury for one of the biggest and successful fair weeks the village has ever had.

Ancient tradition was combined with modern entertainment to offer a host of activities to young and old.

Sir John Cave, chairman of Sidbury Charter Fair Committee, said: "I think the week has been really successful. We have been blessed with good weather, lots of support and a good number of people have turned out to enjoy each particular day."

The week kicked off on Saturday with the horticultural show and scarecrows emerged from their hiding places to litter the village.


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And the eleventh 'fun, run and walk' on Sunday had a near-record breaking amount of entries.

Sidbury Fair was officially launched on Tuesday with the glove-raising ceremony, conducted by Bill Harding and Rob Hattrell and thrilled primary school pupils scrambled on the floor to collect their riches after the throwing of the hot pennies.

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Amy Frost, school PE co-ordinator, said: "They were very excited and they seemed to collect a lot more pennies this year."

Sidbury Fair Day on Wednesday was hailed a success and there was a good amount of lamb and poultry entries.

Stuart Williams won the Davey Cup after the lamb judging and Simon Land, for the fifth year in a row, was awarded the Hamlin Cup for Best Poultry Exhibit.

Sue Gooding, committee secretary, said: "There was a great deal of interest in the auction which had a good number of livestock entries, lots of local stalls and exhibitions and good to see all ages of the village taking part in one way or another."

The week continues today with the tug of war and hog roast at Home Farm from 6.30pm and the streets will be lined for the Tour of Britain racers passing through.

The event ends on Sunday with the equestrian pleasure ride. For more information ring Julie Farrell on 07886 828309.

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