Fete proves big success

Rain did not stop play when River House in The Croft, Sudbury, played host to a traditional garden fete in its grounds on Saturday.

Dynamic displays of martial arts and gymnastics provided a lively backdrop to a range of stalls and sideshows.

Organiser Anthony Arbuthnot said: “It went extremely well considering we had the most awful weather and we really were astonished at how many people did turn up. We had a big cloud burst right at the end.

“The whole event isn’t about raising money, it’s about people living in the Sudbury community turning out to support St Gregory’s Church. It was a very successful day.”

Mr Arbuthnot reserved special praise for the Sudbury Cadet Force, who helped set up the fete and did a lot of fetching and carrying on the day.

He said pupils from the Kuk Sool Won martial arts school in Sudbury, led by Lynn Whiting and her daughter Maria, put on a great demonstration.

Sudbury Gymnastic Club students and instructor Jess Keyton thrilled the crowds with their leaps and twists as they showed off their skills.

The crowds enjoyed a range of traditional stalls, including a Punch and Judy show, and a cake and ice cream stall. Around £2,000 was raised for charity.

Click the multimedia link on the right of this story to see a picture gallery from the fete.