Hundreds attend Gosport chairy fair

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FROM a dancing Chinese lion, to scores of stalls, hundreds of people visited an annual Gosport charity and community event.

The Michaelmas Fayre in Green Road, Alverstoke, saw scores of people attend.

28/09/13  BF''The Alverstoke Annual Fayre. Champion swimmer Anna Wardley plays the human fruit machine game with (middle), Sam Cassell, and Vikki Gillard.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132679-1)

28/09/13 BF''The Alverstoke Annual Fayre. Champion swimmer Anna Wardley plays the human fruit machine game with (middle), Sam Cassell, and Vikki Gillard.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132679-1)

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Gosport, with St Mary’s Church, in Green Road.

More than 90 stalls representing charities and organisations were there.

There was also a bouncy castle and entertainment for children, plus food and drink.

Nigel Triggs, president of the Rotary Club of Gosport, said: ‘There are two elements of this fayre – one is to raise money for charities and the other is to bring the community together. Stalls raise money for their own causes.

‘But money made from programme sales and the raffle is split between two causes. Half goes to St Mary’s Church, and the other to the mayor’s chosen charities.

‘The weather always has an impact on numbers, but this year there have been lots of people here.

‘This is very much a community event and I was pleased to see so many people.’

Capturing the crowd’s attention was a Chinese lion performance from the Yi Quin Lion Dance Club.

Lynn Cooper, 66, visited the fayre with her grandchildren Sydney, four, and Jake, seven.

Sydney said: ‘I thought the Chinese lion was bright and fun. I liked the drumming because it was really loud.’

And Valerie Belcher, of Welsh Road, said she comes each year.

She said: ‘I come each year and it’s absolutely brilliant.

‘The Chinese lion performance was good, and there are lots of stalls to look at.’

And trying to raise more money for her chosen charities, was Anna Wardley.

As reported, the 37-year-old completed a 60-mile swim around the Isle of Wight this month as part of a challenge to swim around five islands.

She was raising money for Samaritans, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Sail Africa.

She said: ‘It’s a great event and good to see people make face-to-face donations, rather than online.’