Despite a torrential downpour the night before causing flooding and a waterlogged field, the Longcot Fair committee and stall holders worked unbelievably hard on the Sunday morning to ensure that the event went ahead. As luck would have it, the sun shone throughout the day drying the ground and the organisers’ hard work was rewarded by the hundreds of locals supporting the event.
The Fair was opened by Sky TV’s, Kay Burley, who also acted as official starter for the first children’s race of the Longcot Village Games which included an Egg and Spoon race, a Three-Legged race and a Sack race.
During the afternoon, Kay was also signing her second novel, ‘Betrayal’ and donated book sales to the Church project.
The Dodgems and other rides were very popular as was the Fun Dog Show which, in keeping with the conditions, included ‘The Muddiest Dog’ class while the Hog Roast, BBQ, Bar and Cafe did a roaring trade throughout the afternoon.
A spokesperson for the Longcot Fair Committee said: “The dreadful rain on Saturday night was a real concern as the ground had become really saturated. However, we were determined that the show should go on if at all possible. The sun helped and because of the extraordinary support and understanding we had from our local community and our stall holders, we were ready to open our gates on time. The Fair was enjoyed by over 700 visitors and their dogs who have all helped us raise more funds for the St Mary’s Church Open Door Project.”
The Longcot Village Fair is in aid of the ‘St Mary’s Church Open Door Project’ which aims to raise funds to build a kitchen and toilet facilities to enable wider community use of the church.
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Pictured: Kay Burley starts the Longcot Games (with Rev Richard Hancock)