Country fair smashes half a million barrier

26 th Euston Rural Pastimes event
MB Tofts Pelman Peggy with groom Laura Hagger
Picture Mark Westley
26 th Euston Rural Pastimes event MB Tofts Pelman Peggy with groom Laura Hagger Picture Mark Westley

A popular country fair which has been raising money for local charities has broken the £500,000 barrier.

The 26th Euston Rural Pastimes event, held at Euston Park, near Thetford, is an annual celebration of rural pursuits and agriculture.

26 th Euston Rural Pastimes event
The DeBurgh and North Essex Basset Hounds with Joint Master Matthew Lee
Picture Mark Westley

26 th Euston Rural Pastimes event The DeBurgh and North Essex Basset Hounds with Joint Master Matthew Lee Picture Mark Westley

The fair, which also showcases crafts and country skills, featured three large show rings, a packed timetable of events and was attended by around 8,000 people.

It has been raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, local churches and charities since 1991.

New events this year included a carousel and clay pigeon shooting

“The weather was lovely and though we are still going through the figures, we have definitely smashed the £500,000 mark for money raised since we began in earnest in 1991,” said Jane Harland, one of the organisers.

“One of the highlights was the Kangaroo Kid who performed stunts on his quad bike and also gave children rides.

“There were also around 60 heavy horses with many young handlers, and 375 vintage and classic cars on display.”

Rural Pastimes first began life in 1979, raising money for repairs to Honington Church.

Since 1991, 40 per cent of funds raised have been donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care, 40 per cent to local churches and the rest to local charities.

For more pictures see this week’s Bury Free Press newspaper.