Rain doesn’t put a damper on Morton Street Fair

Morton street fayre in the rain.  Anne Dickenson EMN-160907-194133009
Morton street fayre in the rain. Anne Dickenson EMN-160907-194133009

Organisers of the annual Morton Street Fair kept bright smiles on their faces despite a wet day - the first in their 17-year history.

The Morton and Hanthorpe 2000+ street fair committee hosted the annual event on Saturday and despite a wet start, footfall picked up in the afternoon and it was still a successful day.

For the first time in its history, the street fair was held in conjunction with the Morton School Fair, and there was a variety of stalls and entertainment to enjoy throughout the village - down the High Street, at the school, in the churches, village hall and in the paddock.

The morning’s downpour meant some traders gave up and went home and it was also too unsafe for the children’s bouncy castle but traditional games, a model railway and a boating pond, meant there was fun to be had for the youngsters.

At the school, there was a barbecue, performances by the school choir and falconry displays in the field.

Brenda Birkenshaw is secretary of the 2000+ committee. She said: “Once the rain did stop, there was suddenly quite a lot of people around.”

The 2000+ committee host activities throughout the year to fund the cost of running the fair but the aim of it is not to make money for themselves, but to give charities and village good causes a platform to raise money for themselves, as well as give the community a good day out.

Brenda thanked the sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible, including Morton Post Office, Halls Garage, Cherryholt Mobility and Lincolnshire Bow Windows.

And there’s no rest for the committee - they are due to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss next year’s event and consider if combining with the school had proved to be a success for both parties.