Summer Fayre, Fun runs and Marching Band Contest 

Easingwold District Lions Summer Fayre – 2nd June 2018

Waking up on the morning of the 2nd June, we all hoped that the day would stay dry especially after all the lovely weather we have been having. We had all closed our ears to the weather forecasts!

Around 9am as we began setting up, the rain started and continued throughout the day and evening. Torrential at times and drizzle at others. Undeterred and with strong determination we carried on throughout as did nearly all the stall holders, entertainers, fun runners, and Marching Bands.

The Fayre was officially opened by Easingwold Mayor Peter Nottage at 11:30am and then the fun began. As well as 25 stalls this year we featured, Ian’s Mobile Farm with donkeys, rabbits, goats, Shetland pony and alpacas; Rare Breed turkeys, Beggar’s Bunce singing duo, Jessa Liversidge and her amazing singers, Acorn Morris Dancers, Professor Fiddlesticks, magician Chris Stewart, ATC doing face painting and Golf Club putting.

We also hosted the start of the Poppies for Tommy mosaic creation 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.

Radio York also paid a visit and we were the final venue on their live Finders Keepers Programme.

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. It carried on raining!

The 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 presented the trophies at 2.30pm and praised their fortitude.

All fourteen marching bands began to arrive mid afternoon and were organised by Garry Hallas from YHBBA. Dobcross Silver Band in their smart red jackets started the contest by marching round the square. One by one the bands followed in sometimes what seemed like a blanket of rain. Most were soaked to the skin but still they kept playing and entertained the many brave souls sheltering in the cafes or under their umbrellas.

The adjudicator, John Roberts, 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.

At 8.30pm hardy and soggy Lions, many of whom had been in the Market Place since 7am, took down the gazebos, packed away the chairs etc and checked for litter. Then home for a good drink and hot baths!

Despite everything, we will do it all again next year!

Special thanks go to, Helen Sykes, Colin Fletcher and the Running Club plus all their helpers for organising such a brilliant fun run; The George Hotel for all their unstinting support to the Lions, The Olive Branch and Jordan for also supporting the Lions and Tea Hee, Sugar Mouse, Curious Table for their donations of much needed hot  coffee and paper cups. Easingwold Town Council for helping us, G H Smith for their patience, help and all the Fayre printing, TESCO for supplying the water for the fun runs (not the rain!!)  Peter Nottage, Kevin Hollinrake MP and Sue Kershaw, the ATC especially Rhiannon who marched in front of the bands. Thanks to all the sponsors and advertisers in the Programme.

Finally thanks to all the runners and the Marching Bands. You came, got very wet but 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. Next years event will be on 1st June. 










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