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South Wootton fete returns to the green after 15 years away

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More than 1,200 people went along to South Wootton village fete when it made a comeback after a 15 year absence, thanks to a team of volunteers.

Claire Johnston, who grew up in the village, returned from living abroad last year and set about reviving the event on South Wootton green.

Mrs Johnston, an events manager, said: “South Wootton has such a lovely community feel and we wanted to really celebrate that with this event.

“We aimed to create a traditional fete environment with something for all, whilst raising money that will benefit our community at every level. I think we really achieved that and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so we are delighted.”

The total raised at the event is still being totted up but organisers are expecting to give donations of several hundred pounds each to the village pre-school, infant and junior schools and St Mary’s Church.

The fete was free to attend but charges were made for stall pitches and a huge raffle was also held, with prizes donated by chief event sponsor Kings Lynn Audi/VW and local businesses.

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council, officially opened the event, which featured traditional games, craft stalls, displays and refreshments.

Mrs Johnston and the committee she has formed hope to continue the event on the village green annually each June.

 

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