ORGANISERS of this year's St John's Midsummer Fayre in Witheridge estimate that more than 3,000 people attended the weekend event. The bull which ran amok during the parade to The Square last year was replaced by a pantomime cow and the procession of loca

ORGANISERS of this year's St John's Midsummer Fayre in Witheridge estimate that more than 3,000 people attended the weekend event.The bull which ran amok during the parade to The Square last year was replaced by a pantomime cow and the procession of local organisations, tractors, hounds, town criers and Victorians passed off without a hitch.The weather was threatening on Saturday - the big day - but the rain held off until the evening.After the parade into The Square, the ancient fayre charter was read by Witheridge town crier Frank Housam, who also organised a competition for visiting town criers.The fayre was officially opened by Kate Palmer, chairman of the parish council.Crowds crammed The Square to watch the entertainment, which included performances with Witheridge Primary School Children, Tiverton New Generation Majorettes and the Dart Valley Stompers.At Witheridge Parish Hall, there were many attractions, including an art exhibition, ferret racing, dog agility demonstration and Punch and Judy. On Sunday, there was an outdoor service a duck race and car boot sale.Several thousand pounds was raised by village organisations.Town crier results: Overall winner, Roger Pinder; Best dressed, Roove Andrews (Torbay); best dressed escort, Caroline Cunliffe (Dawlish); best dressed couple, Roy and Bee Goodwin, (Ilfracombe).