South Creake served up a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatter, Peter Haywood, pours a tiny cup of tea for Elizabeth and Charlotte Allen, surrounded by a variety of story-book characters MLNF15PB08175 ANL-150826-162026001

Mad Hatter, Peter Haywood, pours a tiny cup of tea for Elizabeth and Charlotte Allen, surrounded by a variety of story-book characters MLNF15PB08175 ANL-150826-162026001

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Children love to dress up but in South Creake at the weekend it was mainly the turn of the adults to don fancy dress.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party held at the village hall is an annual fun afternoon for residents, young and old.

Cups of tea and cakes could be bought but the invitation to residents asked families to bring their own picnic.

Each year the theme of the afternoon is different. In past years both the 1940’s and the 1960’s have been brought back to life.

Peter Haywood, a member of the South Creake events committee that organised the event, said: “Originally it was just an outdoor event because we had no village hall until our new pavilion was opened in February this year. It is still and outdoor event but we’ve now also got the use of the hall’s facilities.”

The idea is not to raise money – though a small amount is made for pavilion funds – but to provide a wide range of entertainment for all ages. There was Alice-style croquet, welly throwing, a coconut shy, a boat race on the nearby river Burn, a treasure hunt and a wide range of competitions.

These included a children’s decorated hat competition and the challenge to guess how many cups of tea could got out of a large Mad Hatters’ tea party tea pot.

As a community event it was certainly popular attracting scores of families who, between eating their picnics or entering competitions, could sit on straw bales and listen to folk-rock music by 3 Piece Suite, led by Nick Haywood.