All the sum­mer fun of vil­lage fair

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

SHEP­PER­TON Fair’s ‘big­gest pro­ces­sion ever’ kicked off pro­ceed­ings at the an­nual vil­lage sum­mer event.

Chil­dren from school, uni­formed groups and nurs­eries marched down the High Street in their ‘colour­ful car­ni­val’ themed out­fits, flanked by some Harley David­sons and a steam roller.

Dik Gre­gory, chair­man of the vil­lage fair com­mit­tee, said: “It was a fab­u­lous day.

“We were wor­ried about the weather be­cause of the forecast of show­ers, but none of them hit Shep­per­ton. warm day.

“It was the big­gest pro­ces­sion we have had with hun­dreds and hun­dreds of chil­dren from schools, youth groups and nurs­eries, and they re­ally got into the theme of the Rio Car­ni­val.

The ef­fort they put in was great and they looked a pic­ture in the High Street. At one point the whole High Street was filled.

“We were de­lighted with the level of spon­sor­ship at the fair too.”

Mr Gre­gory said one of the main at­trac­tions was the Mini It was a lovely Marvels minia­ture horse dis­play team, adding the Spelthorne Gym­nas­tics Club dis­play was ‘amaz­ing’. “I was re­ally pleased to get the Ur­ban Dance School back this year too, they were very cool,” he said.

Among the many stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties was a Punch and Judy show, a fair­ground, var­i­ous arts and craft groups and a se­lec­tion of food on of­fer.

The fa­mous Great Nau­ti­calia Raft Race took place on the wa­ter and also fol­lowed the car­ni­val theme, with brightly coloured floats tak­ing cen­tre stage. Mar­shalled and com­men­tated by the Des­bor­ough Sail­ing Club, crowds watched the spec­ta­cle that saw a group from Pharaoh’s Is­land take home the best raft prize.

In the un­der-16s race the win­ners were the Des­bor­ough Cadets and the Sun­bury and Wal­ton Sea Cadets, who marched up to col­lect their prize.

Sally Dick, from the sail­ing club, said: “The peo­ple who en­ter the race are fan­tas­tic. They all work so hard and it was great.”

Fam­i­lies en­joy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at Shep­per­ton Fair, in­clud­ing (above) Han­nah, Mil­lie and Abi­gail.

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