Fly­ing the flags for fes­ti­val

Vil­lagers help dec­o­rate the area for this month’s Feast Day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­

A COM­MU­NITY is be­ing asked to sup­port a pop­u­lar an­nual sum­mer event by help­ing or­gan­is­ers to dec­o­rate the vil­lage in time for the fes­ti­val.

Feast Day or­gan­is­ers and vol­un­teers put up ban­ners on Sun­day, June 14 and will be putting up flags on Sun­day June 21) across the whole of Chal­font St Peter, ac­cord­ing to one of the or­gan­is­ers Mike Day.

Mr Day said: “I think ob­vi­ously from the Feast Day point of view it makes peo­ple aware that it is the big sum­mer event in Chal­font St Peter, and it just re­in­forces it.”

He said of the flags: “It bright­ens the place up and makes it look more in­ter­est­ing. In­stead of a row of shops it gives a real char­ac­ter to the vil­lage.”

“Pretty much ev­ery shop in Chal­font St Peter has a flag out­side it.”

While most vil­lages will have a few flags and ban­ners around the place, Chal­font St Peter is unique in that the whole vil­lage is cov­ered.

He said: “I don’t know of any­where else where the whole of the vil­lage has flags.

“It puts a smile on your face – it makes you feel good as you walk up the vil­lage. Long may it con­tinue.”

Feast Day, which takes place on Satur­day June 27 on Gold­hill Com­mon, Chal­font St Peter, is an an­nual event which is now in its sev­enth year.

Run­ning from 10am un­til 10pm, or­gan­is­ers hope 10,000 peo­ple will at­tend over the course of the day.

This year, lo­cal mu­si­cian Ben McKelvey will be sup­port­ing Bee Gees trib­ute act Stayin’ Alive in front of an es­ti­mated 5,000 peo­ple.

A clas­sic car hill climb, a Punch and Judy show, stalls and danc­ing dis­plays are also among the va­ri­ety of acts on of­fer.

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