Thousands enjoy Rowlands Castle fair

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ALL the fun of a fair was brought to the village green at Rowlands Castle.

The summer fete, which has been an annual tradition for the past 40 years, did not fail to entertain.

FUN DAY Professor Crump entertained the crowd at the Summer Fair                                                  Pictures: Sarah Standing (141982-5804)

FUN DAY Professor Crump entertained the crowd at the Summer Fair Pictures: Sarah Standing (141982-5804)

Hundreds of people flocked to the heart of the village, to take part in events, enjoy rides and refreshments, and browse stalls with handmade

A real crowd-pleaser was a Brazilian-themed World Cup fancy dress competition.

Prizes were presented by Pompey manager Andy Awford.

The winner was five-year-old Alec Barnes, who was dressed as a banana.

He was shaking two maracas and a sign on his back to explain that 10 per cent of bananas come from Brazil.

Alec’s mother Emma, 37, of Bowes Hill, said: ‘We wanted to put a twist on the theme, and decided to go for the banana element.

‘I was so chuffed that Alec won, it’s our first time to this fair since we moved down in November, so it will be a great memory.

‘The fair had a real community feel to it and we had a great time.’

There was plenty to do for children as there was face painting, teacup rides, a boat swing and a skate track.

Dan Jones, 38, an IT project worker, was at the event with his family.

He said: ‘Each year the organisers do this event very well.

‘This year was brilliant, and there was so much for the children to do.

‘What we enjoy is that it’s really geared towards young families, and it’s great for the kids.

‘There was great food from the local area and we enjoyed it.’

The fun was also shared and enjoyed by Ann Hughes, of Redhill Road, who brought her identical twin granddaughters Riah, and Mae, aged five, to the fair.

Mrs Hughes said: ‘I thought there was a lot going on at the fair, and a lot to do for children.

‘My granddaughters live in Chichester, and I brought them along here because I knew they would have a good time.

‘They particularly loved the bouncy castle and had lots of fun on that.’

Each year the event is put on by the Rowlands Castle Village Fair committee.

Chairman Jon Higham said: ‘We had about 4,000 people visit throughout the day, which is great for us.

‘The profits made go back into community projects.

‘We would like to thank the businesses that support us, and all those who come out and enjoy the fair.’