All the fun of the fair at Bedhampton Summer Show

MIDDLE AGES From left, Natalie Pannell, Terry Reeve and Belinda Rowland in medieval costume.     Picture: Sarah Standing (112377-1220)
MIDDLE AGES From left, Natalie Pannell, Terry Reeve and Belinda Rowland in medieval costume. Picture: Sarah Standing (112377-1220)
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HUNDREDS of people travelled back to the Middle Ages for a themed summer fair.

Families gathered for a day of old-fashioned fun at the Bedhampton Summer Show at Bidbury Mead on Saturday.

Youngsters and performers were dressed up in cloaks, chain mail and old rags in line with this year’s medieval theme.

And to round off the historic feel the nearby St Thomas Church, which has a Norman arch, was open to visitors.

James Diprose, 19, of Roman Way, Bedhampton, said: ‘Years ago I won the fancy dress competition by dressing up as the millennium bug.

‘Now my younger brothers are having their turn dressed up as cavemen.

‘It’s been a really good day so far.

‘It’s a bit of a family tradition for us to come down here so we’re all having a good time.’

Events included the annual fancy dress contest, dance shows and a falconry display.

The mayor of Havant, Councillor Ken Smith, volunteered to be locked in stocks and pelted with wet sponges.

He said: ‘I would do anything to raise money for charity so I don’t mind getting a bit wet.

‘I have been coming here for about 10 years now because this is my ward.

‘All the costumes I have seen have been very interesting because people have really gone all the way with them.

‘It’s a great event because it really does bring the whole community here together.’