The Barrel Fair week began with yet another amazing quiz hosted by Doc and Jilly. The reigning champions won many unusual prizes and a coveted Elvis trophy.
On Saturday evening Double D Dico provided dancing and games for the youngsters. This was followed by a debut appearance in Westleton of STEREO JACK, a very versatile and talented Suffolk band.
Sunday defied the weather forecasts and dawned bright and sunny, becoming almost too hot later in the day.
Proceedings began a little earlier this year at 11.30 with a procession led by John Keebles Wolsey carrying our maid and squire, Lady Wood and Cana Turner, followed by the fancy dress procession. The opening ceremony was beautifully performed by both guests. Not wishing to have an overall winner, all the children dressed up were presented with a prize.
Shortly afterwards the fiercely fought barrel race between the Crown and the White Horse took place with the White Horse winning back the trophy.
Middleton School Musicians, Random Blues Company and Laurence French all performed on the stage in the White Horse car park and were all very received. Rumburgh Morris and Punch and Judy took place throughout the day. The donkeys were throughly enjoyed and must have been exhausted by the end of the day.
Childrens and adult races took place in the arena and for the first time the new ladies/gentlemens Jack and Jill race was run. This proved very popular and Carole Homersham was delighted to present the trophy in memory of her husband, Jim Homersham, to David Hunt and Caitlin Barclay. The Ladies Allcomers race was won by Bethany Ivens, the Mens Allcomers by Bradley Merle, Westleton Ladies by Sarah Quinlan, a previous winner and the Westleton Mens by Harry Holmes. This was the first time Harry had taken part and he is certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future (he is also the son of the Chairman so Paul Holmes was particularly delighted to present the trophy to his son).
Takings on the 50/50 reached epic proportions this year as there was a £440 roll over added from last year and we were delighted when £1200 approx was won by Westleton Village Stores
The day was a huge success and enjoyed by many, so make a note of next years date- SUNDAY AUGUST 20TH.
Very sincere thanks to everybody who attended and took part in the Barrel Fair this year.
Another date for your diary is Saturday 4th December when the Barrel Fair Committee will host a coffee morning from 10.30 in the Village Hall and a childrens party in the afternoon for all Westleton and Middleton School children.
Photos will be posted as soon as possible
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