Bookworms crowded into St Mary’s parish church for the fourth annual Docking book fair last weekend.
Local author, Peter Gunn, together with his wife, Janet, again shouldered the responsibility of gathering together and sorting into books that covered such diverse subjects as gardening, food and wine to poetry, fiction and children’s books all ranged along the pews from one end of the church to the other.
“All the world is here – nearly every subject under the sun,” said Mr Gunn, who praised the generosity of the many people who had donated the books.
Especially noticeable were younger customers who carefully counted out their pocket money on paperbacks that could be had for 50p each – or three for a pound – and hardbacks all priced at between £1.50 and £2.
The vicar, the Rev Peter Cook, said that early heavy rain on the Saturday may have helped increase the number of visitors.
“But it also revealed a couple of leaks in the roof. As soon as the money comes in we’ll have to spend some of it repairing them.”
Some book lovers were so eager to dip into what they bought they immediately settled down with a cup of tea and a sandwich or piece of cake provided by Sharon Howard and her catering team.
Alongside the book sale was a competition for pupils from the village’s primary school which attracted around 120 entries. Their work had to be a mixture of writing and art with each year group set topics ranging from poetry to Shakespeare.
Nine winners will discover who they are when schools return from the half-term holiday.
It is a boast of the fair that every single book will find a willing reader. The few still unsold at the end of the event are donated to the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.
The fair raised a record £1,953, a total which included the proceeds of a raffle. “I’d like to thank all those kindly who donated the prizes,” said Mr Cook.