Dogs, teddies and more at annual church fete

Canine companions ... Furry visitors to St Mary's Church fete parade their owners in front of the judges on Saturday.
Canine companions ... Furry visitors to St Mary's Church fete parade their owners in front of the judges on Saturday.

DOGS, teddies and family fun were the order of the day on Saturday at the St Mary’s Church fete in Hadleigh.

The annual event at the Deanery in Church Street attracted more than 600 visitors, who made the most of the September sun to enjoy the activities on offer.

A dog show, featuring categories such as Best Six Legs, Best Trick and the slightly dubious honour of Dog Most Like Owner, entertained the crowds, who were kept refreshed by the tea tent, barbecue and lunches.

Joint organiser Pauline Thrower said: “We raised about £3,500, which goes towards the running costs of the church and helping it to grow.

“It is very much a community event for the people of Hadleigh to come to the church and enjoy themselves.”

Other popular attractions were an auction of promises, with a day of classes from The Cooking Experience in Hadleigh and tea at Hintlesham Hall, as well as the chance to parachute teddies from the Deanery tower.

Mrs Thrower said: “The scouts ran the teddy parachute and they had lots of little teddies for people to buy with parachutes attached.

“We had one poor teddy lose its parachute and plummet to earth so we had one dead teddy, but other than that it was great.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came and made it a brilliant afternoon, as well as all the volunteers who helped.”