Thousands attend street fayre

Mendlesham street fair.''FL; Street music performers entertain the crowds.
Mendlesham street fair.''FL; Street music performers entertain the crowds.
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Thousands poured into Mendlesham on Monday for the village’s 33rd annual street fayre.

The event, organised by Mendlesham Community Council and the village’s Street Fayre Committee, saw a host of craft, food and refreshment stalls line the streets.

Mendlesham street fair.''FL; Liam Joss-Holland has his face painted.

Mendlesham street fair.''FL; Liam Joss-Holland has his face painted.

And the sunkissed crowds enjoyed entertainment from the ‘Gypsy Dreams’ Belly Dancers, Samba band Samboomba, the East Suffolk Morris Men, Stowmarket Boys Brigade Band and children’s entertainer Steve Sausage.

Chairman of the community council Carolyn Triscott said: “We were lucky as the event can be so weather dependent.

“It was a glorious sunny day but with some clouds which is good because if it gets too hot everyone goes off to the beach instead.

“It was so busy in the village our hog roast ran out of pork.

Mendlesham street fair.''FL;

Mendlesham street fair.''FL;

“They had brought along two pigs and it all got eaten by 2.30pm.

“There must have been more than 3,000 people there - we filled the playing field from one end to another which shows the volume of cars that parked.

“It was a magnificent day.”

Money raised by the fare stays in the village, going towards community projects.

Mrs Triscott said the money raised this year would be going to help the Parish Council purchase more playing field land.

“The community council’s main aim is to raise money for various things in the village”, she said.

“In the past we have given money to the pre-school, to the bowls club and have given money for new playground equipment too.”