WITH VIDEO: Thousands flock to Sutton Poyntz fayre

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MORE than 5,000 people took a trip back in time at this year's Sutton Poyntz Victorian Street Fayre.

The biennial event drew in mammoth crowds today, once again raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

The street fayre has been going since 1994 and has raised £75,000 for local and national charities.

There have been two entertainment stages running throughout the day, hosting a variety of acts including drumming band Taiko Evolution and male voice choir the Mill Singers.

Guy Bridge, chairman of the organising committee, said: “We've had sun, lots of people - it's been fabulous.

“Once again I can't believe how lucky we are and how wonderful these people have been coming to join us and having such a good time. It's been terrific.”

Mr Bridge praised volunteers who had helped make this year's fayre a success.

He said: “The village has worked incredibly hard. It takes about 250 volunteers to get all of this together and a committee that works very, very hard.

“If it wasn't for all the people turning up it would be a waste of time.”

This year's event also included craft stalls showcasing quilters and potters among others.

Representing the Guild of Straw Craftsmen, Mick Gates travelled from Midhurst to provide straw work demonstrations.

He said: “It's been manic. We have been teaching adults and children how to make a simple plait. That's what I like doing.

“This is the first time I've been here. It's quite intimate in a way.

“The sense of community around here must be amazing.”

Barbara Smith, from Preston in Weymouth, attended with her husband, son, daughter and grandchildren.

Mrs Smith described it as a 'wonderful family day out', adding that her grandchildren had a lot of fun.

She said: “The children have had a wonderful time. The games for children were wonderful because they always got a little prize even if they didn't win.

“It's all going to charity so that's even better.”

Barbara's granddaughter Lily Hatcher, five, said she enjoyed the games on offer, adding: “It's been good. I've won three prizes.”

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