A community came together to celebrate their town’s continued recovery from a major fire when its popular annual fair took centre stage.
Organisers of Fakenham Fair said Saturday’s spectacle showed how the town has risen from the ashes since a blaze gutted one of its most recognisable buildings.
As dancers, bikers and firefighters joined a colourful procession through the Market Place, it was a sign that life has gone on since the family department store Aldiss burnt down in May – leaving neighbouring businesses and residents without homes.
Adrian Vertigan, chairman of Kick Start Fakenham, which organised the event, said: “It was a really great day. It was about the town going forward after having the fire in May and celebrating how far we’ve come.”
The parade left Highfield car park at 1pm and made its way through the town to the Millennium Park, where the 1950s-themed fair was officially opened by Norwich City legend Ken Brown.
There were a host of stage and arena events, including a 1950s penalty shoot-out, a Glee Club choir, touch rugby, It’s a Knock Out-style games with Active Fakenham, a performance from the 1st Academy of Dance and much more.
This year also saw the launch of the first Fakenham Food Festival, offering a wide variety of tasty treats, and there was live music all afternoon in the Buskers’ Tent.
Children also enjoyed fairground rides, face painting, mask making with the Hawk and Owl Trust and a number of different games, and to close the fair there was a special performance by Norfolk Fire and Rescue rock band, The Backdrafts.