FROM the moment the grand parade kicked off from Fellow Green on Saturday, Ye Olde West End Village Fete was an out and out winner.
The recreation ground in Benner Lane was ablaze with colour, sunshine, music, dance and laughter when the Medieval pageant arrived in all its finery, led by the Gordon School Pipe Band.
From fair maidens, jesters, jousters and castles, to Knights of the Round Table, Crusaders, Robin Hoods and Friar Tucks, all the West End groups played a part in the procession, including 1st Brownies on a Holy Grail Crusade or as Pied Pipers.
The 2nd Rainbows went under the banner of Ye Olde Nursery Rhymes Handing out awards for the best costumes and creative ideas was, to many a youngster’s glee, Elsa from the Disney film Frozen (aka Sophie Hitchcock).
There was Irish Dancing from the Kelalou Academy, live music, face-painting, prize-winning stalls and games.
At the event, organised by Rebecca Spink, volunteers gave a helping hand, including Christine Belcher and Joyce Eckett who, assisted by Diane Farndale, knitted jackets for the posts at the entrance to the showground.
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