THERE was no shortage of community spirit as the people of Rowlands Castle got together for their village fair.
Despite the constant rain, the fair attracted hundreds of visitors keen to have a good time, regardless of the weather.
From funfair rides, to a mini-traction engine, live music from Horndean Technology College, and plenty of traditional stalls, as well as arts and crafts, a beer tent and bands in the evening, there was something for the whole family.
Ann Hughes of Redhill Lane in Rowlands Castle was there with her daughter Nicola Hughes and grandchildren Oscar, 11 and twins Riah and Mae, three.
Ann said: ‘It’s the worst I’ve ever seen the weather here, but you’ve still got to come.
‘You’ve got to come out and join in, people have put a lot of effort into this and we have got to support them.’
Nicola, from Chichester, added: ‘We’ve heard the weather will be like this for the rest of the summer, so you can’t let it stop you going out and enjoying yourself. It’s better than sitting indoors and watching the rain.’
Claire and Martin Proudlove are about to move in to the village and it was their first fair. Claire said: ‘It’s a beautiful village and the people are really friendly.
‘It’s lovely how many people are here even though it’s teeming down with rain.’
Fiona Townsend of Nightingale Close grew up in the village and had a stall for her business, It’s All About the Sweets. She said: ‘I’ve got four generations of my family still living here in the village, and there’s a nice atmosphere here.
‘I love coming to the fair, you see people you haven’t seen since the last one, and it’s a great chance to catch up. You come whatever the weather.’
John Higham from the organising committee said: ‘The idea is to keep it very traditional, we want to keep it as a quintessential English country event and the village is very community orientated.’
And Gill Bell, the committee chairwoman said: ‘This day is all about the kids and them having a good time.’
Money raised from the day is used for local charities and projects for the children.