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All sorts of skills light up Seend Fete
9:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Children who took part in a circus workshop with Zaz the clown and Tilly Twist (TK467) By tom kelsey
Organisers of Seend Fete have hailed it as a great success.
Visitors and stallholders enjoyed sunny and dry weather on Saturday and the fete is thought to have attracted about 3,000 people.
For the first time the parade was held in the Lye Field instead of travelling from Seend Primary School through the village and, due to a dwindling number of floats, the committee decided to have people walking in fancy dress.
Fete chairman Jo McManus said the change was received positively.
“There was no confusion and people seemed to love it. Everyone crowded into the arena to watch the parade. We had between ten and 15 entries for the fancy dress and it was a really nice way to start the day,” she said.
The fete princess, Daisy Hale, ten, and her attendants Joshua Conboy, nine, Ronja Galloway, eight, and Juliette Clark, eight, were driven into the arena by local resident Freddie Giles in his Bentley. Daisy cut the ribbon to officially open the fete and the fancy dress parade followed.
Attractions included Corsham Brass Band, which played throughout the afternoon, a traditional Punch and Judy show and model train rides.
New to the fete was Matt Zaz and his circus show and the spectators were five deep watching him and his partner’s skills in unicycling, tightrope walking and juggling. He also ran circus skills workshops for eager youngsters.
The Wiltshire School of Gymnastics returned to the show and put on another impressive display while a new attraction, a fun dog show, captured people’s imaginations.
There were 12 entries in the three classes – waggiest tail, best six legs (the dog and their owner) and musical sits.
A tug of war competition was won by Seend Community Centre and a fun tug of war was enjoyed by children.
Mrs McManus said: “It was a truly lovely day. There was lots going on but it had the feel of a nice English garden party. It’s hard work but it’s all worthwhile when you see people come along and having a great day.”
Mrs McManus thanked Seend Primary School for running the teas and cakes stalls and Wiltshire Search and Rescue for marshalling the car park, and she said that the fete had raised a few thousand pounds.
n The Seend Flower Show, held in the Community Centre in Rusty Lane on Saturday, attracted 558 entries.
Show secretary Brian Jaques said: “Despite the poor growing conditions earlier in the year, the horticultural classes of the show were well supported. External judges praised the standard of entries that upheld the quality of the show in its 64th year.”
The most points in show award went to Graham Bowyer of Potterne while the best in show award went to Andie Elliott of Bulkington for her magnificent flower arrangement structure.
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