Village fayre is a cheerful autumn delight

Morris Men entertain the crowds which flocked to the Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123181-1)
Morris Men entertain the crowds which flocked to the Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123181-1)
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THERE was a carnival atmosphere and fun for all the family as thousands turned out to a village fayre.

A highlight of Gosport’s calendar, the 22nd Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke did not disappoint in the glorious September sunshine.

Green Road was closed to traffic and was lined with stalls bustling with people.

Live music ranged from the The Stokes Bay Strummers ukelele group to the St Vincent Singers and a steel band, while the dancing was equally diverse, including Morris dancing and line dancing.

The event is organised by Gosport Rotary Club and Saint Mary’s Church.

Colin Davey, president of Gosport Rotary Club, said: ‘We have been very well populated and had some super music going on. We were blessed with the weather.’

There were more than 100 stalls including charities, trades, puppet shows and children’s rides.

Members of Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service attended and presented a cheque of £5,000 to their lifeboat lottery winner, Sue Eggleton, from Gosport.

Members of Gosport D-Day Fellowship had a stall, informing people of their bid to create a D-Day Memorial in Gosport.

Tony Belben, chairman, said: ‘We have only been going for about six months and the interest is quite fantastic.’

Plants sold very well at the stall of Gosport Allotment Holders’ and Gardeners’ Association.

Peter Almond, 72, from the association, said: ‘It’s done very well considering it’s been a poor year for growing with the weather.’

There was a colourful mix of artwork – including everything from Langstone Mill to the Spinnaker Tower – at an exhibition by Gosport Art Club.

Judith Filsell, 64, from the club, said: ‘We had a great reaction from the public. We sold quite a lot of paintings.’

Meanwhile, there was a frenzy of sewing going on at the stall of the Scrap Happy Quilters, who are busy making a quilt to go in display in the town hall. It will have six panels, including representations of the Olympic torch relay and the Falkland commemorations.

Marilyn Lovett, a member of the group, said: ‘We were quite busy and were getting people to sew trees on to the quilt.’