Thousands dodge rain at street fair

Coats at the ready ... Isobel and William Henry from Long Melford enjoy a fun fair ride.

Coats at the ready ... Isobel and William Henry from Long Melford enjoy a fun fair ride.

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TORRENTIAL downpours did little to deter the enthusiasm of visitors to a village street fair.

Thousands of people took the summer showers in their stride to enjoy a variety of attractions at Long Melford Street Fair on Sunday afternoon.

Around 120 stalls turned out for the event, which was opened by Sir Richard Hyde Parker, with entertainment provided by the Green Dragon Morris Men, Long Melford Silver Band and a Punch and Judy show.

There was also a live birds of prey display, face painting and funfair rides.

Richard Michette, a member of the street fair committee, said: “Everything went very well apart from the weather.

“Numbers were probably down by a third because of that but everybody was in good spirits and just carried on regardless.

“It was a good day and the cicrus workshops were really well attended.”

Mr Michette added that any profits from the event would be kept in the village and put towards a number of charities and good causes.