Name change draws in the crowds at country fayre

A chance to raise vital funds for Holbeach & East Elloe Hospital for League of Friends members (from left) Joyce Waterfall, Margaret Elston and Muriel Whitmore. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG160612-123NG
A chance to raise vital funds for Holbeach & East Elloe Hospital for League of Friends members (from left) Joyce Waterfall, Margaret Elston and Muriel Whitmore. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG160612-123NG
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PEOPLE from the district showed their approval of the new-look Holbeach Town and Country Fayre by supporting it in force at the weekend.

Organisers of what was previously known as Holbeach Vintage Rally decided it was time to encourage more local residents to get involved by changing the name and inviting local schools and other organisations to take part.

Holbeach Town and Country Fayre committee secretary Simon Smith said the switch had paid off.

He said: “We got more through on Saturday, which was surprising given the weather forecast, and Sunday was very good and we were lucky with the weather.”

This year’s fayre, at King’s field, incorporated a special schools’ tent where youngsters could get involved, a miniature Thomas the Tank Engine train ride, craft stalls, trade stands, an owl display, a fly-past by an RAF DC47 Dakota, a kickboxing display and a road accident recovery demonstration by Tears.

Vintage vehicle enthusiasts weren’t disappointed though, with displays of agricultural machines, steam engines, cars, lorries and bikes.

Live band No Danger and a bingo session drew people back to the field on Saturday evening.

The event raises money for local charities, and Simon says they have given in the region of £6,500 in the last nine years.

Although it is not known how much this year’s fayre has made, it is expected that the committee, chaired by David Allwood, will be able to give away between £600 and £1,000.