Cornard fete is one to remember

HOPPING MAD: Harry Malone, 10, from Cavendish, and Louis Brown, 13, from Great Cornard, test out pogo sticks.
HOPPING MAD: Harry Malone, 10, from Cavendish, and Louis Brown, 13, from Great Cornard, test out pogo sticks.
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SCORCHING heat, bouncy castles and a dog show combined to make Great Cornard’s summer fete a success.

More than 1,000 people are estimated to have attended the event, held at the Recreation Ground in Stevenson Approach on Saturday.

Families, encouraged by the warm weather, flocked to the fete – organised by the Great Cornard Community Association – and were treated to live music, a petting zoo and grand raffle, along with a host of other entertainment.

It was the first time the newly-formed association had held such an event, originally put forward as an idea to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Group chairman and parish councillor Tom Keane said it was a “job well done”.

“It went much better than we ever imagined,” said Mr Keane. “The weather was great – in fact, in the afternoon the heat was blistering and it was probably too hot for some.”

The event was supported by the parish council and county councillor John Sayers, with further funds provided by a series of collections and fundraisers prior to the day.

Mr Keane said he had been impressed by villagers pulling together to make the event possible and plans were in place to hold the fete on an annual basis.

“I must give thanks and appreciation to all those who helped out, all the volunteers and stewards and anyone else who was involved,” he added.