Village fetes pull in crowds despite rain

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Organisers of the Frisby Fun Day were left frustrated with the weather on Saturday but were determined not to let it ruin their afternoon.

The event at the village hall, went ahead as planned despite torrential rain all day and was opened by Mr and Mrs Cedric Ginns and Derek Walsh, who combined have worked over 120 years for the village hall.

Attractions included face painting, create a clown, children’s games, a tombola, refreshments, a bar, a children’s fancy dress competition, live music and a “Great Frisby Bake Off.”

One of the organisers, Pru Smith said: “Despite the weather being diabolical the day went really well and the rain didn’t dampen spirits.

“The outdoor activities were a little bit subdued but most people stayed and were incredibly supportive and generous with their donations.”

The event raised £2,025 which will be split between the village hall and the church.

Elsewhere on Sunday, organisers of the Hickling Country Fair battled the sodden conditions to host an afternoon of attractions including market stalls, refreshments, a dog and duck display, hook a duck and falconry demonstrations.

Margaret Wolley who helped organise proceedings said: “We had a lovely morning but unfortunately the weather changed and it poured down after that.

“Last year we had to cancel the fair due to the village being waterlogged so it was nice to see around 800 people attend this time.

“We managed to raise £2,000 which will be shared between Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Stathern and Rainbows hospice for children and young people.”