Rural event grows in stature with town and country mix

The 'Palmer family, Kerry, Wayne-Thomas, Georgina, Shayne, Ivy and Charlie. find themselves in the middle of the vintage tractor display. 'Photo:  SG210713-162TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
The 'Palmer family, Kerry, Wayne-Thomas, Georgina, Shayne, Ivy and Charlie. find themselves in the middle of the vintage tractor display. 'Photo: SG210713-162TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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There was something for everyone at the third Whaplode Drove Village and Country Fair on Sunday.

About 2,000 people visited this year’s event based around the Elizabethan Centre where attractions included a miniature steam and classic vehicles display, fun dog show, rare animals show, funfair and Zumba demonstration.

Matilda Thompson makes friends with some Embden Geese'. Photo:  SG210713-165TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Matilda Thompson makes friends with some Embden Geese'. Photo: SG210713-165TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Competition was fierce in both junior and senior jelly throwing competitions, 
with Joshua (9) and Jenny Clarke (7) taking the junior prize while Ian Brown and Colin Wankon won the senior crown.

The fair was officially opened by the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band and blues band Jet entertained the crowds with their unique brand of skiffle music.

Mandie Collier, chairman of the fair’s organising committee, said: “We felt it was a successful day and everyone had a really fun time.

“We were really lucky with the weather and all the feedback I’ve had so far has been positive.

Ian Parrish with his model Foster steam engine. 'Photo:  SG210713-172TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Ian Parrish with his model Foster steam engine. 'Photo: SG210713-172TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

“People from Nottingham and Essex came, there was a craft fair in the Elizabethan Centre for the first time and we’re hoping it will grow year on year.”

Organisers are still to confirm the amount raised for Whaplode Drove Playing Fields Association and the centre which opened in 1981.

Mandie said: “People liked guitarist David Hobson, singing by Whaplode Drove Community Choir and Endama School of Dance.

“This was the third year of the fair and we want to make it bigger and better.”

Robbie Keeley and Jennifer Goodwin look at some of the Minis on display. 'Photo: SG210713-173TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Robbie Keeley and Jennifer Goodwin look at some of the Minis on display. 'Photo: SG210713-173TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto