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Buckham Fair and Forever Sun festival a big success
MIXED weather did nothing to spoil the enjoyment at a host of events on another fun packed weekend in Dorset.
Thousands of people enjoyed themselves at Buckham Fair.
Actor Martin Clunes and his wife Philippa opened the gates to their land for the yearly event, which was in aid of the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust this year.
Mr Clunes busily signed autographs and had pictures taken with fans in exchange for a £1 donation to Weldmar.
He said there were lots of people at the fair.
Mr Clunes said: “Everyone’s loving it. I’m looking round at crowds of smiling faces. I couldn’t be happier.”
The traditional fair saw horse, dog and pony competitions, a beer tent and food stalls, a fun fair, vintage cars and classic scooters, trade stalls and ice creams.
Director of fundraising at Weldmar Caroline Nickinson said the fair had been ‘absolutely packed’ and everyone had a great time.
She said: “It’s truly amazing.
“We are so grateful to Martin and Philippa and the Buckham Committee for nominating us.”
She added: “I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody – all the volunteers who helped out and everybody that turned up and spent money.”
After a busy first day at the inaugural Forever Sun Festival near Dorchester, the rain came down on Saturday afternoon but revellers remained in high spirits.
Local resident Mike Nixon and his friends were the first four to buy tickets for the event and they were still enjoying themselves in the wet conditions.
He said: “It’s really good fun.”
Organiser Jamie Pinnow said the event had been so busy on Friday evening that the box office remained open after it was supposed to close at 8pm.
Comedian Russell Howard was spotted at the festival with some friends celebrating a stag do.
He took time to chat to fans backstage and talked to AIR 107.2FM.
The Bristol comedian, known for his appearances on TV shows like Mock the Week and his Good News show, even recorded a message of support for the station.
Station manager Carl Greenham said he was a ‘nice chap’.
He said: “It was really good to meet him.”
Mr Greenham said it was a great festival and thanked the Forever Sun organisers for inviting them and giving them backstage VIP access.
He said: “I personally can’t wait for next year.”
Families out in force at the big events
FAMILIES turned out in force to enjoy a range of fun events over the weekend.
Youngsters celebrated new play equipment at Maiden Newton play area. The new additions to the area behind the village hall were made possible after a fundraising effort amassed £15,000.
In Dorchester, Mayor Stella Jones was among the guests at an Earth Works fun day event organised by the Churches Together ecology group that saw children look at issues such as global warming.
She said: “I think it’s very good to see young people talking about the future of the earth.”
There was also a fun day at All Saints Church in Easton on Saturday.
The rain didn’t dampen spirits at a Littlemoor family fun day.
The Threezone fun day at Top Club Field off Louviers Road in Littlemoor on Saturday continued until 3pm despite heavy showers.
The West Country Fair Flea and Craft Fair Market saw bargain hunters from across the area descend on Weymouth Pavilion in the morning.
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