Record total raised at Great Bircham’s French fair

Great Bircham French Fair at the Village Church
LtoR, Diana Hall, Mick Fisher, Rev Peter Cook ANL-160815-080923009
Great Bircham French Fair at the Village Church LtoR, Diana Hall, Mick Fisher, Rev Peter Cook ANL-160815-080923009
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Visitors to a West Norfolk village might have been forgiven for thinking there had been an invasion as gendarmes directed the traffic at the weekend.

But, rather than a diplomatic incident, it was just one sign of the Gallic charms on offer at Great Bircham’s annual French fair, which took place on Saturday.

Great Bircham French Fair at the Village Church
Svetla Georgieva entertains with her Accordian ANL-160815-080907009

Great Bircham French Fair at the Village Church Svetla Georgieva entertains with her Accordian ANL-160815-080907009

And organisers of the event are expecting a record fundraising total for the village’s St Mary’s Church restoration fund, which is mostly being used to fund roof repairs.

Co-ordinator Diana Hall said: “We’ve raised around £6,000. We had a very good day.”

Now in its sixth year, the French fair has become a popular attraction on West Norfolk’s summer calendar.

And Mrs Hall said that was reflected by dressing their parking volunteers as gendarmes.

She said: “We had a huge number of cars and we were trying to control the traffic. They did a great job.”

Highlights of the day included raffle prizes donated by the Queen and the Prince of Wales, plus a range of suitably French food and drink to enjoy.

There were also plenty of activities for children in a dedicated tent, which included arts, crafts and a treasure hunt.

And accordionist Svetla Georgieva performed French music throughout the day.