South Molton's olde fayre sparkles like new

ORGANISERS of South Molton s Olde English Fayre have thanked local people and businesses for their support of one of the town s oldest traditions. Part of the North Devon Festival s Community and Heritage strand – sponsored by the North Devon Gazette – th

ORGANISERS of South Molton's Olde English Fayre have thanked local people and businesses for their support of one of the town's oldest traditions.

Part of the North Devon Festival's Community and Heritage strand - sponsored by the North Devon Gazette - this year's fayre promised to be bigger and better than ever. And with a host of events and activities - and five days' of fine weather - this year's event more than lived up to expectations.

Fayre committee chairman and Mayor of South Molton Steve White said: "The committee has spent months and months of hard work organising the day and we were very pleased with the weekend.

"We've had a lot of support from the South Molton Business Association, as well as from individual businesses and people in the town.


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"There was a very good turn-out this year; we had more than 100 people in for fayre lunch on Saturday and the church was very full on Sunday," he said.

"We even had around 35 people attend the breakfast in the George Hotel on Sunday morning and the South Molton & District Choral & Operatic Society excelled themselves with a concert in the newly-refurbished Assembly Rooms."

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Fayre secretary and treasurer Margaret White said there was a lot more community involvement at this year's event: "It was a cracking weekend; we had 24 businesses take part in the best dressed window competition, far more than we have ever had taking part before.

"On Sunday, we were even fortunate enough to have six guests from South Molton's newly-twined town of Shama in Ghana join the civic parade from the town hall to the parish church."

The fun ended last night (Monday) with a fun run and inter-pub games taking place across the town.

Results in full:

Best dressed window competition: 1st (Rotary Cup) - Home & Garden; 2nd (Easton Cup) - Secrets; 3rd - Leonard Cheshire; Highly Commended - Partridge and Pear Tree

Deliberate mistake competition winner - James Webster; runner-up - Ann-Marie Lalley & Stuart Dunsford, Ceris Williams and Liam Woolacott

Best dressed stalls: Best charity stall (Chamber of Commerce Cup) - South Molton WI; Best trade stall (Pidler Cup) - Miss Mitch Cup Cakes; Best dressed stall holder - Christine from Age Concern

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