Narborough fair survives weather to help good causes

Narborough Village Fair 'Coco Lewis Turner 10 ANL-150726-175019009

Narborough Village Fair 'Coco Lewis Turner 10 ANL-150726-175019009

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At the height of summer, a wet outlook can easily put a dampener on a village’s big community events.

But organisers of Narborough’s village fair, which was held at the community centre on Sunday, weren’t complaining about the weather, despite an expected drop in the proceeds they raise for local good causes.

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Narborough Village Fair 'Isabella Higging 5 ANL-150726-174944009

David Burchell, secretary of the fair committee, said: “It’s our fifth year and it’s the first time it’s rained, so we think we’ve done pretty well.”

Ahead of the event, officials took to Facebook to reassure supporters the event would go ahead whatever the weather.

Those who were prepared to brave the elements had a host of attractions to enjoy, including a fun dog show, ferret races, classic car and motorbike displays, static engines, Meccano demonstrations and fairground rides.

Some of the many stalls were also set up inside the centre itself, allowing a much-needed chance to temporarily dry off.

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Narborough Village Fair 'Harry Chapman ANL-150726-174905009

And Mr Burchell said: “Speaking to the stall holders during the day, everybody has got us down to come back next year.”

The 2016 fair has already been arranged for Sunday, July 31.

The fair primarily raises funds towards the running of the community centre in Chalk Lane, although a contribution is also made to the Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue team.

The group, which is made up of volunteers, provides specialist support to the police to help locate missing people.

The final total raised at the fair is not yet known, as deductions to cover expenses incurred in staging the event have yet to be accounted for.

However, Mr Burchell said around £1,000 had been collected on the gate during the day.