Seend Fete a great success despite downpour

Seend Fete adult fancy dress winner Helen Hagelthorn. Picture by Paul Morris

Seend Fete adult fancy dress winner Helen Hagelthorn. Picture by Paul Morris

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Rain failed to dampen the spirits of those attending Seend Fete on Saturday and organisers say the amount raised will be similar as in recent years.

Visitors enjoyed a traditional English fete held on the Lye Field in the centre of the village.

A display of classic cars which had driven up from the south coast by members of the Three Counties Classic Car Club was one of the attractions.

Corsham Brass Band played while the National Trust had an interactive display featuring local flora and fauna.

Animal corner was a great success and visitors met alpacas, pygmy goats, owls and falcons.

A circus performer and juggler showed off his skills and a favourite at the fete, Mr Snuffy, entertained with his Punch and Judy show.

The fun dog show was full to capacity and the audience loved the ‘musical sits’. The tug of war was also popular among children and adults.

The fete got underway with a fancy dress parade and organisers were delighted at the number of entrants and new this year were groups.

Jo McManus, chairman of Seend Fete, said: “We had a really good parade with between 15 and 20 people.

"The local Seend panto group dressed up and hopefully that will build up more for next year. The weather was really sunny until about 3pm and the heavens opened a bit, but those who were there crowded into the beer and tea tents.

"I would say the rain put off a few people attending but we had a good turn out, with a couple of thousand people.”

The fete raises money for the Lye Field and Pavilion.

Mrs McManus said: “Despite the rain we think we have raised the same amount as in the past two or three years of a few thousand pounds and we are very grateful for the support from the public.”

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A new prize this year is the Prolze Cup, in honour of former chairman Bernie Prolze who died earlier this year, for outstanding contribution to the fete was awarded to Tony Hill, the fete compere who has done the job for many years.

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