Alverstoke Michaelmas Fair draws the crowds

FUN Victory Morris dancers perform at the fayre.  Picture: Sarah Standing (113400-5786)
FUN Victory Morris dancers perform at the fayre. Picture: Sarah Standing (113400-5786)
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MORRIS dancers, magicians and a marching band entertained crowds at this year’s Alverstoke Michaelmas Fair.

The annual fair took place on Saturday with hundreds of people turning up for the celebrations.

The village was closed to traffic for the afternoon while stalls lined the pavements and children played on rides.

Members of the Waterside Dragon and Lion Dance club weaved their way around the village in a giant lion costume.

And the St Vincent Singers gave performances throughout the day along with St Mary’s Church and Gosport Solent Brass.

Gemma Wright took her six-year-old son Jake and five-year-old daughter Ella to the fair.

The 30-year-old, of Waterloo Road, Gosport, said: ‘It was a fabulous day out.

‘The children really enjoyed it and they really liked the displays and dances that were going on.

‘It’s just such a nice community event and there is always such a nice atmosphere at these fairs.

‘I have been going for as long as I can remember so I like taking my children along now too and they really enjoy it.

‘They were absolutely thrilled with the lion dance, they were following it all over the place.’

All proceeds from the event went to the St Mary’s Parish Centre and the Gosport mayor’s chosen charities.