Old Woking Community Fun Day is back by popular demand

BACK by popular demand and blessed with beautiful weather, a community day in Woking more than lived up to expectations for free fun, food and frolics on Saturday – with an added surprise that hadn’t been factored in.

The sunshine and packed programme, organised by the South Woking Churches, drew crowds of about 500 to the second annual South Woking Community Fun Day.

DOWN TO EARTH – laughing after the final tug in the kids’ edition of the tug of war contest

DOWN TO EARTH – laughing after the final tug in the kids’ edition of the tug of war contest

Although the borough’s busy Mayor, Derek McCrum, had a hectic schedule on Saturday, he made time to support the community event at St Peter’s Rec in Old Woking.

DECENT PROPOSAL – Nick got down on one knee to ask for girlfriend Georgina’s hand in marriage

DECENT PROPOSAL – Nick got down on one knee to ask for girlfriend Georgina’s hand in marriage

And a young man called Nick decided it was the perfect time and venue to publicly propose marriage to his girlfriend, Georgina. He got down on one knee and did just that – and she said ‘yes’.

The event featured a host of activities, competitions and musical performances as well as a free barbeque.

BRAVE THE PAINT – Reece, six, raises an eyebrow, while for seven-year-old Hazel this is her first ever fun day

BRAVE THE PAINT – Reece, six, raises an eyebrow, while for seven-year-old Hazel this is her first ever fun day

Other activities included street golf, a crockery smashing stall, face-painting, several inflatables, a sponge toss and much more.

Meanwhile, competitions featured a space hopper race, egg and spoon race and various categories for the ever-popular tugs of war.

GREAT VOICE – singer and songwriter Anna Neale provides a musical distraction, and  a young lad enjoys healthy competition in the space-hopper race

GREAT VOICE – singer and songwriter Anna Neale provides a musical distraction, and a young lad enjoys healthy competition in the space-hopper race

Musical accompaniment was provided by talented local performers and community groups including singer songwriter Anna Neale, Jam & Cake, and The Old Woking Show Choir, as well as schoolgirl singer Amber Richmond.

HORSES FOR COURSES – the jockeys line-up waiting for the off

HORSES FOR COURSES – the jockeys line-up waiting for the off

While many took part in activities, others were delighted to relax in the shade of the Tea Tent and soak up the atmosphere, listening to the excellent entertainment.

SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON! – Mayor and Mayoress Derek and Rosemary McCrum with organiser Andrew Bates

SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON! – Mayor and Mayoress Derek and Rosemary McCrum with organiser Andrew Bates

Event Organiser Andrew Bates said: “It was wonderful to see the event happen again and to see people coming together and enjoying themselves. It was an excellent team effort from the local churches.

“We’d  like to say a big thank-you to the generous local businesses and organisations that sponsored the event and helped to keep costs down for activities, and in some cases provide them for free.”

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