Hundreds of people descended upon The Lawn at Professor Denning’s estate this afternoon for a fun time. Thousands of pounds were raised for the benefit of the Parochial Church and its local endeavours.
Many display stalls ringed the garden, some selling tasty treats like strawberries and creme, and others plants, books and toys.
There were many games for young and old to try their skill at – the darts game overseen by the Reverend Kelvin Inglis was particularly noteworthy as it was the children who scored the highest, beating out both men and women contestents!
The ever-popular duck races saw people lining the banks of the River Test, egging on their chosen floating duckling. The Carnival Queen, Joanna Ashton, had the honour of announcing the winning ducks – somehow she managed to keep her beautiful dress dry!
In the centre-stage area were several entertaining shows, including Irish Dancing by local children; Belly Dancing by Yallah; and finally, a trio of very cute alpacas.
Several children swung from a rope that hung from a tree over the River Test; and many took a dip into the River Test to splash about and cool off.
Many bottles of fine spirits were offered up for raffles – including a bottle of House of Commons whiskey, presented by Sir George Young, MP.
The town mayor, councillor John Clark, was enjoying the festivities under sunny skies, and wisely decided not to wear his thick mayoralty robes!
Also spotted around the Fete was distinguished author Richard Adams, who wrote many books including the popular Watership Down.
Many visitors commented on the lovely location, the splending atmosphere, and the friendly people found everywhere about the place.
More pictures are on the photographer’s gallery website HERE.
A splendid interactive panorama was produced by Steve Climpson at Imageri- see it HERE.