Fete hits the right notes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend of fun -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple made their way to Char­ing fete to en­joy a day of fes­tiv­i­ties.

The rain held off and dark skies didn’t de­ter visi­tors from throw­ing them­selves into a day of tra­di­tional fun, with the highlights in­clud­ing per­for­mances from the 100-strong Ash­ford Sings choir and a dis­play by Dance Vi­sion, while Faver­sham Mis­sion Brass also struck up.

A tug of war, vil­lage stocks and a tombola were just some of the old-fash­ioned at­trac­tions, while young­sters played on the round­about and bouncy cas­tle. There was also a re­gal fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion in hon­our of the Queen’s 90th birth­day, with prizes for the best dress prince and princess.

A mar­quee was filled with pro­duce and flow­ers from the gar­dens of Char­ing and fete or­gan­is­ers were hon­oured by the at­ten­dance of the Mayor and May­oress of Ash­ford, Cllr George Koowa­ree and Glo­ria Chap­man, who pre­sented prizes to com­pe­ti­tion win­ners.

Money raised from the fete will go to the up­keep of St Peter and St Paul Church, Char­ing.

Or­gan­iser Alan Innes, es­ti­mates that up to 700 peo­ple at­tended the fete, he said: “The fete went very well and we were lucky with the weather as although the sky went dark at times the rain held off.”

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Amelia Jolly, three, is given a help­ing hand down the slide from Kyle Wil­liams at Char­ing fete

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Ash­ford Mayor Cllr George Koowa­ree watches the show

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Choir Ash­ford Sings part of the en­ter­tain­ment

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Charlie Ex­ell, seven, poses for a photo

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Me­hetabel, eight, catches the rat

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Com­pere Si­mon Club­ley

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