LARGE crowds turned out to enjoy a week of traditional fun at Chulmleigh s centuries-old summer fair last week. After an exceptionally wet fair in 2009, visitors were able to leave their wellies at home for the 757th annual event. Fine weather helped to s

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LARGE crowds turned out to enjoy a week of traditional fun at Chulmleigh's centuries-old summer fair last week.

After an exceptionally wet fair in 2009, visitors were able to leave their wellies at home for the 757th annual event.

Fine weather helped to swell the crowds on Wednesday, which was one of the busiest in recent years according to organisers.

Old Fair committee chairman Terry Pincombe told the Gazette: "We had a tremendous crowd at the sheep show - one of the biggest we've ever had.

"Fair Wednesday is a big day and there were hundreds of people around the town. In fact, we had crowds for everything every day; we certainly had the right week in terms of the weather.

"We lost a lot of money last year because of the weather but we've made up for it this year," he added.

Fair secretary Sheila Marchant said that this year's grand draw made £2,200 to help towards the running of the event.

Among the well attended events was the vintage vehicle display on the cricket field. Around 30 old tractor owners took part, many of whom did so in memory of Norman Down who died in May but ran the event for many years. Norman's widow Pam presented the shield to the best tractor.

"On Saturday, there was a huge carnival led by the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Barnstaple Town Youth Marching Band. It was absolutely wonderful with lots of entries in 10 different sections," added Mrs Marchant.

The overall adults' winner was the 'Allo 'Allo float by Wayne Sanders and family and friends, while Lauren and Sophie Keenor's Tom and Jerry entry won the overall children's cup.

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