Renowned author opens fete

Big crowds ... St Gregory's traditional garden fete attracted young and old at the weekend.
Big crowds ... St Gregory's traditional garden fete attracted young and old at the weekend.
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HUNDREDS of visitors, including a famous author and Sudbury’s oldest woman, flocked to a traditional garden fete in the town at the weekend.

The 17th St Gregory’s Church traditional garden fete was held at River House in The Croft on Saturday afternoon.

The event was opened by crime novelist Ruth Rendell, who took time to enjoy the fete’s Punch and Judy show, along with the various stalls and games running during the day.

Another famous face making an appearance just days before her 110th birthday was Kathleen Grimwood.

Richard Titford, the retired Edwardstone vicar, who attended the fete, said: “The weather was very kind and I got the impression that everyone was very happy to be there. It is a lovely setting.”

Mr Titford said that Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who was hosting the event, had told him it was estimated around 700 people had attended on the day.

“Baroness of Babergh Ruth Rendell said she really enjoyed it and talked about how she had lived in Suffolk for more than 40 years before signing autographs,” he said.

“It was also lovely to see Kathleen Grimwood so close to her birthday.”

Money raised from the fete will go towards the running of St Gregory’s Church.