ORGANISERS of South Molton s Olde English Fayre have described this year s event as one of the best . Event secretary Margaret White said fine weather helped to attract large numbers of visitors to the town on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors filled the Pan

ORGANISERS of South Molton's Olde English Fayre have described this year's event as "one of the best".

Event secretary Margaret White said fine weather helped to attract large numbers of visitors to the town on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors filled the Pannier Market on Saturday morning to see South Molton Junior School pupil Bailey Tonkins crowned fayre queen by classmate, crown bearer Jasmin Hosegood. Bailey was attended by Saranna Tetchner and Paige Milton, while South Molton Community Infants' School pupils Ibraham Kanj and Oliver Clarke fulfilled their roles as page boys.

"I've been on the organising committee since 1995 and this was certainly one of the best," said Mrs White.

"It was wonderful; there was a really good feeling in the town and the weather really helped out of course.

"I'd like to thank the hard-working organising committee and everyone who supported the fayre throughout the weekend.

"Thanks also to sponsors North Devon Festival and Horsepond vets; Slee Blackwell Solicitors, who sponsored the children's games on Saturday; and to Sainsbury's for supplying the food for the children's teas."

Mrs White also thanked the local Lions and Rotary clubs for their involvement during the fayre, part of the North Devon Festival's Community and Heritage strand - sponsored by the North Devon Gazette.

The Leonard Cheshire charity shop won the best dressed shop window competition for their Alice in Wonderland-themed effort.

On Sunday - for the first time in more than 40 years - people turned out to take part in a "Beating the Bounds", a 2,000 year old tradition that is being revived by STRIDE (Strengthening Trails in Devon) and the Scouts.

Mayor of South Molton Steve White said: "I'm highly delighted with the support the event received.

"Around 74 people covered three miles of the boundary by beating it with sticks; the plan is to do a bit more each year and cover the entire 26-mile boundary of the town.