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Summer Fayre, Fun runs and Marching Band Contest 

Easingwold District Lions Summer Fayre – 1st June 2019

Waking up on the morning of the 1st June, we all hoped that the day would prove to be far better weather than 2018. It couldn’t be any worse that’s for sure!

All looked promising although one or two more pessimistic folk kept saying that rain was forecast and it might be heavy. When it did start to rain our hearts sank. Ever looking skywards we were encouraged by brighter skies over yonder and sure enough we were rewarded when the clouds passed by and the sun came out for the best part of the day.

The Fayre was opened by our current President Kevin Hunter at 11:30am and then the fun began. As well as 20 stalls this year we featured, Ian’s Mobile Farm with donkeys, rabbits, goats, Shetland pony and alpacas; Rare Breed sheep and turkeys, Intuition singing duo, Dynamic Community Band, Acorn Morris Dancers, Professor Fiddlesticks, magician Chris Stewart, ATC doing face painting and a wonderful steam engine providing rides for children.

We also hosted the Poppies for Tommy mosaic creations again where local Mosaic artist Sue Kershaw helped anyone who wanted to take part the chance to add pieces to the art work. Five beautiful mosaics were created and will be placed on the war memorial wall to further enhance the 10 created in 2018.

The artists played, sang and danced throughout the afternoon. Professor Fiddlesticks juggled, cycled and made balloon models, Chris amazed everyone with his magic tricks and no-one could fail to be delighted by all the animals on the grassed area.

The 1k, 2k and 5k fun runs started at 1pm at Millfields and runners started to arrive back in the Market Place soon after 1.30pm to collect their medals. Kevin Hollinrake MP kindly presented the trophies to the winners at 2.30pm.

All thirteen marching bands began to arrive mid afternoon and were organised by Garry Hallas from YHBBA.  One by one the bands followed in beautiful sunshine. The large crowd were very appreciative of the music and enjoyed the warmth of the sun sitting outside our fine hostelries and coffee shops and wherever they could find a space.  

The adjudicator had a difficult job in judging the bands as the standard was so high. Nonetheless he and the deportment judge totted up the marks and the winners were announced to huge cheers.

Then the remaining Lions and volunteers brought the market place back to normal and went home feeling happy that once again we had delivered a brilliant community event enjoyed by many.

Our date to do it all again next year is June 6th 2020.

Special thanks go to, Helen Sykes, Colin Fletcher and the Running Club plus all their helpers for organising such a brilliant fun run; Audrie and Ric Newton, The George Hotel for the balloons, hoisting the Lions flag and for all their unstinting support to the Lions, The Olive Branch and Jordan for generous donations and also supporting the Lions,  Easingwold Town Council for helping and supporting us, especially Jane Bentley, Jean Fairbrother and Peter Nottage, Chris Jackson,  G H Smith for their patience, help and all the Fayre printing, TESCO and the Co-op for supplying the water for the fun runs,  Ramsdens for the bananas,  Kevin Hollinrake MP, Sue Kershaw, the ATC for face painting and general help, Guides, Browns Nurseries and Skelton Garden Centre. Hopefully we haven’t missed anyone.

Thanks to all the sponsors and advertisers in the Programme.

Finally thanks to all you attended the event, the runners and the Marching Bands. You gave it your all and we are extremely grateful.

Well done to all the Lions and everyone else who have spent a lot of time organising the whole event since last year. We did the town proud yet again!

 

Di Watkins

 

 

 

 

 

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