Street fayre draws in the crowds

The St Johns Street fair.
The St Johns Street fair.
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A CARNIVAL atmosphere took over Bury St Edmunds on Saturday as crowds turned out for the St John’s Street Fayre.

With music by the Samboomba Samba Band and Myke Clifford’s jazz busk, as well as fun, food and drink galore, there was something to amuse visitors all day long.

The St Johns Street fair.

The St Johns Street fair.

Gastrono-me’s John Hannan gave bread-making demonstrations in the street, impressing fayre-goers with his plaits, rolls and scrolls.

“It was great to soak up the atmosphere, it had a real carnival feel to it,” said the shop’s owner, Mike Simmonite.

Josef’s Vegetarian Cafe’s unusual milkshakes proved popular on the day, with flavours ranging from bakewell tart to chocolate and hazelnut.

Children were quick to snap photographs of the Crown Joolz’s princess palace, where staff paraded in bridal gowns, and of Juggletastic’s Danny Norman, who entertained from a unicycle.

The St Johns Street fair.      The girls from Sunrise - left to right - Fiona Abercrombie, Jo Clegg, Sasha Black and Sophie Parrin.

The St Johns Street fair. The girls from Sunrise - left to right - Fiona Abercrombie, Jo Clegg, Sasha Black and Sophie Parrin.

There were belly dancers, ballet dancers and a hook-a-duck activity put on by Sunrise, whose staff dressed in keeping with the sink or swim theme.

Sue Szymanski, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a fun day and the weather was fantastic. It’s a great way to encourage people to St John’s Street – it’s a thriving and unique shopping area and the street fayre celebrates that.”