CLIMBING fans were in for a treat when the climbing wall run by under threat Oxenwood education centre was brought to the Little Bedwyn Summer Market at the weekend (June 2 3).

One of the market’s main attractions was the climbing wall operated by Oxenwood staff, which could also go if plans by Wiltshire Council to close the outdoor centre become reality.

Villager Bill Yates has been coming to the markets since they began 37 years ago and said: “I watched my grandson, who tried again and again after only climbing about six feet on his first go. In the end he reached the top. He just happened to be my grandson.

“It really helped him overcome his fear of heights and was a big boost to his self-confidence. Scores of children climbed the tower during the afternoon.

“The great thing about the fair is that the younger people are now taking up the ball and running with it by organising the event. ”

The market this year raised over £7,000 as around 800 people descended on the village for the two day event.