Drinkstone fete embraces tour with Wiggins brew

Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Part of the fundraising committee ANL-150913-204915009
Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Part of the fundraising committee ANL-150913-204915009
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Residents of Drinkstone turned out in force to the annual village fete despite concerns that the Tour of Britain would put people off.

Last week, residents were anxious that road closures to allow the likes of Bradley Wiggins to cycle through would discourage people from supporting the event.

Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Robin Sharp with the Mutton Chop ale (In honour of Bradley Wiggins) ANL-150913-204939009

Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Robin Sharp with the Mutton Chop ale (In honour of Bradley Wiggins) ANL-150913-204939009

Robin Sharp, one of the organisers of the annual fete, said: “There weren’t quite as many people as last year, but the weather was good which was a help.

“Some of the stalls did extremely well, the children’s games raised £160 and the white elephant stall rose £150.”

In Sir Bradley Wiggin’s honour, Rougham brewer Marc Bartram named the specially brewed real ale ‘Mutton Chop Ale.’

“The bar took about £350 and the special ale was very well received. We had 72 pints and we sold out of it,” Mr Sharp added.

Drinkstone Village Fete ANL-150913-205005009

Drinkstone Village Fete ANL-150913-205005009

The annual fete included a ‘Fun Dog Show’ where dogs competed in contests such as ‘dog with the waggiest tail’ and a ‘temptation alley’ whereby dogs had to return to their owner without being tempted by sausages in their path.

Around £1,500 was raised on the day for the Drinkstone War Memorial Institute, a registered charity based at the village hall for the upkeep of the hall over the next year.

Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Giles Youngs a beekeeper (Member of WSBKA) ANL-150913-204952009

Drinkstone Village Fete''Pictured: Giles Youngs a beekeeper (Member of WSBKA) ANL-150913-204952009