Fair draws crowds

Artist David Gilbert instructs Alice Balls as she paints the scene in front of her
Artist David Gilbert instructs Alice Balls as she paints the scene in front of her
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A TWO-day craft fair, which is now in its 18th year, is estimated to have raised around £20,000.

The event at the historic Clare Priory saw nearly 10,000 people attend during the course of the weekend, with 190 stalls offering plenty to keep visitors entertained.

Plenty to offer ... Alice Bailey with artist David Gilbert painting the scene at Clare Priory on Sunday.

Plenty to offer ... Alice Bailey with artist David Gilbert painting the scene at Clare Priory on Sunday.

Father Bernard Rolls said: “We probably had similar numbers to last year and we’re hopeful we raised around £20,000.

“The crowds were particularly big on Sunday and I think there was more variety than we’ve ever had before. It was a very happy affair.”

Art exhibitions, craft demonstrations and a Punch and Judy show were among the activities on offer.

A quarter of the proceeds will go to charity, with the rest used for the Priory’s church extension, which is expected to cost around £1.2million and is due to start next month.