Plans for Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre unveiled

Last year’s Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

Last year’s Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THOUSANDS of people are expected to flock to the popular Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre this summer.

The village has held a Victorian biennial fayre since 1994 and this year organisers hope it will be the biggest and best yet.

This year it will take place on June 29 and marks the 11th time the biennial fayre has been held in the village.

David Langridge, media and communications manager for the event this year, said: “Over the years the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre has helped us to raised almost £75,000, which has been distributed amongst various local and national charities.

“The average attendance at each street fair is more than 6,000 adults, plus children who attend for free.

“It is a day of family fun with craft stalls, live music, lots of children’s entertainment, cream teas, Pimms and strawberries, a barbeque and a farmers market.

“A grand charity auction will also take place and proves to be popular during every street fayre.

“As well as this, villagers and stall holders will be dressed in period costume to keep the Victorian tradition alive.”

Despite the wet weather back in 2012, the fair proved a huge success and saw children of all ages try their hands at new activities including darts, dancing, live music and a performance of Oliver Twist.

Mr Langridge added: “The street fayre is always a fantastic day and proves very popular – the villagers love it.

“For example, despite the wet weather in 2012 visitors still arrived in thousands, walking from the Preston Road or elsewhere in Preston.

“The whole village was delighted that the event was able to raise about £15,000, despite all the problems caused by the weather.

“This year, we would encourage everyone who is interested to pop down on the day and have some fun.”

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