Celebrated sculptor backs hall fund at West Acre fete

West Acre Fete'Sir Anthony Gormley attempts to drive a nail into an enormous tree trunk on his stall at the fete.   Watching, left, is Antonia Fraser and, right, his wife, Vicken (Vicken) Parsons ANL-150728-154742001
West Acre Fete'Sir Anthony Gormley attempts to drive a nail into an enormous tree trunk on his stall at the fete. Watching, left, is Antonia Fraser and, right, his wife, Vicken (Vicken) Parsons ANL-150728-154742001
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Britain’s leading sculptor, Sir Anthony Gormley, made an appearance at West Acre’s annual village fete on Saturday afternoon.

But the enormous section of tree trunk at his feet was not his latest work in progress but a side-show to raise money for the village hall.

West Acre Fete'Daniel Drew gets a lively hands on experience of Clyde, the Eagle Owl ANL-150728-154753001

West Acre Fete'Daniel Drew gets a lively hands on experience of Clyde, the Eagle Owl ANL-150728-154753001

At a pound a time he invited visitors to use the thin end of a hammer to try and drive a six inch nail into the massive piece of wood.

“It’ll be no use for sculpting” he said. “It’ll be full of metal by the end of the day.”

Every stall in the rounds of Abbey House was set out under canvas - or it’s modern artificial equivalent - which meant that the odd spot of rain didn’t dampen the day.

Attractions also included a display of birds of prey by Hawking Experience of Acle, a duck race, lucky dip, tombola and a version of Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right.

However, through ill health of the animals the ever popular ferret racing had to be cancelled at the last minute.

This annual event has raised £13,000 for the village hall so far and officials were pleased with the public’s response.

“We made round £2,000 last year and this year we hope to better it. Despite the weather we’ve had a decent crowd” said the chairman of the village hall development fund, Ralph Sliwa.

The fund is now in the process of applying for a lottery grant.