Scouts guide revellers to grand May fair fun

SMILES – Austin and Harry Noonan flank Sarah Hancock
SMILES – Austin and Harry Noonan flank Sarah Hancock

SMILING faces won over miserable drizzle at Horsell Scouts and Guides’ 34th annual Grand May Fair celebrations.

Hundreds donned their macs and umbrellas to attend the festivities at Wheatsheaf Common which centred around a series of carefully choreographed dance routines, a wonderful Scouts and Guides parade, Maypole dancing and an impressive dog show courtesy of the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team.

The usual plethora of fair ground stalls attracted the punters as crockery was smashed, prizes were won and burgers were munched.

Chairman Richard Mackie, who has led the scouts for 14 years, said: “The most important thing we are here for is to raise money to keep the scouts and guides going.

“But it’s also one of the few things the whole organisation can do together.

“We have over 300 scouts and guides and with their parents it makes quite a big team. With that team we can club together and make a big local event.

“It really has become quote the tradition. We are a proper old fair, we try to keep it traditional and try not to have too many go-karts or things like that.

“I think as a local amenity we would like to see it carry on as long as possible because it’s got a fantastic village feel to it, it’s hugely successful and a lot of people attend. We have an amazing team of volunteers, a wonderful committee that work and it’s something we are really proud of.”

Brown Owl Fiona Banks added: “We had a fantastic turnout and it really is great for community spirit that we can hold events like this.

“When the weather is a bit bad you can worry about how many people will show up but we’ve sold really well and raised a lot of money.”

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