BBC weather presenter opens climate-themed fete in Barnham

Barnham. Village Fete, Come Rain or Shine. Parade and Opening Ceremony with Look East weather presenter Alex Dolan - from left Ava Delilla, Poppy Cummings, Alex Dolan, Finlay CUrr and Libby Vooght ANL-140914-235044009
Barnham. Village Fete, Come Rain or Shine. Parade and Opening Ceremony with Look East weather presenter Alex Dolan - from left Ava Delilla, Poppy Cummings, Alex Dolan, Finlay CUrr and Libby Vooght ANL-140914-235044009

More than 300 visitors flocked to Barnham Village fete on Sunday – beating last year’s impressive turn-out.

BBC Look East weather presenter Alex Dolan was the special guest at the climate-themed fete, called Come Rain or Shine.

Barnham. Village Fete, Come Rain or Shine. Parade and Opening Ceremony with Look East weather presenter Alex Dolan - Charley Jay singing at the Fete ANL-140914-235135009

Barnham. Village Fete, Come Rain or Shine. Parade and Opening Ceremony with Look East weather presenter Alex Dolan - Charley Jay singing at the Fete ANL-140914-235135009

The popular presenter, who has recently branched out into outside broadcasting, addressed a ‘record crowd’ and picked winners for the fete’s two competitions.

Elizabeth Holland, one of the organisers, said: “It was a tremendous day. We had a record crowd, better coverage than ever, and fantastic arena events.”

Villagers were treated to a performance by the Silver Twist majorettes, a dog obedience display and a dance show from local exercise troupe Zumbalulu.

Visitors enjoyed inflatables, a raffle, a silent auction and a gourmet barbecue in the weekend sunshine.

Two youngsters from Barnham won the ‘best dressed for the weather’ competition and a black pug was the dog Alex Dolan was ‘most likely to take home’.

Elizabeth credited the fete’s success to community involvement. “Over 300 people came – in a small village, that’s a fabulous amount,” she said.

“Such substantial interest reflects the village’s distinctive community bond.”