Feast of fun for all the fam­ily at vil­lage tra­di­tion

Carousel from Down­ton Abbey among many at­trac­tions at free fam­ily day

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And or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual Feast of St Peter are hop­ing to raise close to £10,000 for lo­cal good causes through it.

Tak­ing place on Gold Hill Com­mon, Satur­day, the sum­mer fair will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing an arena dog show, gym­nas­tics dis­play and co­conut shy and medi­val knights danc­ing and fight­ing, among oth­ers.

And for the first time the carousel used in the hit TV se­ries Down­ton Abbey will make an ap­pear­ance.

“All the fun of the fair,” said Mike Day, one of the or­gan­is­ers. This will be Mr Day’s last event as is step­ping down from his role af­ter nearly 10 years on the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

But he is hop­ing for this year’s event to be bet­ter than ever, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the event is free to en­ter: “You can have a fan­tas­tic fam­ily day out for noth­ing.”

He added: “We’re a bit at the mercy of the weather but I would cer­tainly ex­pect sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple.

“That’s what we’ve al­ways had. There’s as many stalls as there’s ever been. There’s all this stuff you would ex­pect for a good day.

“Fam­i­lies can go there for a good three to four hours and have a thor­oughly good time and, in the­ory, spend noth­ing.”

Asked what he looks for­ward to the most about Feast Day, Mr Day said: “The joy of the day comes from see­ing peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity en­joy­ing them­selves.”

And added: “We don’t set our­selves a tar­get. It’s about it be­ing a great com­mu­nity event, but it’s nice to do that and raise some money for lo­cal good causes on top.”

Feast Day takes place from 10am-5.30pm. There is no park­ing on the field un­less you are dis­abled but there will be free park­ing at Church Lane car park.

Or­gan­is­ers have also put on a shut­tle bus to ferry peo­ple to and from the com­mon.

Vol­un­teers are still needed to help. Con­tact forenqu ir ies@ feast­of­st­peter.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

High fly­ers had a great view at last year’s fair and, be­low, or­gan­iser Mike Day with a Dalek

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