Tangmere Village Fête triumph

Tasting good - Kelly Ryan and her mother Angela Blackwell, aka Kitty and Black's Vintage Cakes.LA150057-1 SUS-151207-190005008
Tasting good - Kelly Ryan and her mother Angela Blackwell, aka Kitty and Black's Vintage Cakes.LA150057-1 SUS-151207-190005008
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FAMILIES had a fantastic time at Tangmere Village Fête on Sunday.

There was an excellent turnout and a number of performances, although some had to be cancelled due to the wet weather.

2nd Tangmere Scout Aidan Collins at the Greek plate smashing stall LA150057-8

2nd Tangmere Scout Aidan Collins at the Greek plate smashing stall LA150057-8

Organiser Hilary Nation said: “It was fantastic. Considering the weather, we were almost overwhelmed by the people who came.

“It is one of the best supported fêtes we have had, even though the weather was against us and it was the Wimbledon men’s final. Everybody said that they had a good time.

“We were promised sun by 2pm but it never came. It was windy as well and it is quite an exposed site, but we managed to cram as many as possible into the marquee.”

One of the highlights was the craft and produce show, which was organised as a one-off.

Two lads from the Wonder Boys Pom Pom Troupe leap for fun LA150057-2

Two lads from the Wonder Boys Pom Pom Troupe leap for fun LA150057-2

Hilary explained: “I wanted to get some enthusiasm drummed up for a new gardening club in the village as there is a lot of interest in it at the moment. It is because of that we have got a very enthusiastic young man who wants to start it up.”

There were donkey rides for the first time and the dog show proved popular with the audience.

Among the displays was the Bognor-based Wonder Girls and Wonder Boys pom pom troupe.

Hilary said: “They were super. It is lovely to see young people so enthusiastic.”

Pet portrait artist Phil Blackburn LA150057-5

Pet portrait artist Phil Blackburn LA150057-5

The fête had been eagerly anticipated as it is the first in the village for three years.

“We are trying to get the community together as much as possible as we don’t want to lose our identity as a village,” explained Hilary.

“We wanted families to come and enjoy time together, which is why we opted for a Sunday.”

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Traditional donkey rides for the children.LA150057-6 SUS-151207-190546008

Traditional donkey rides for the children.LA150057-6 SUS-151207-190546008

Commanding Officer Debbie Ayling alongside fellow band members of the T.S Sturdy Nautical Training Corps.LA150057-4 SUS-151207-190148008

Commanding Officer Debbie Ayling alongside fellow band members of the T.S Sturdy Nautical Training Corps.LA150057-4 SUS-151207-190148008

Steve Wallis from the Weald And Downland Museum shows friends Eloise Jenkins and Freya Rowlands how to grind flour.LA150057-3 SUS-151207-190312008

Steve Wallis from the Weald And Downland Museum shows friends Eloise Jenkins and Freya Rowlands how to grind flour.LA150057-3 SUS-151207-190312008

Friends Libby Mallinson, Victoria Agosti and Ruby Webber.LA150057-11 SUS-151207-190722008

Friends Libby Mallinson, Victoria Agosti and Ruby Webber.LA150057-11 SUS-151207-190722008

The Wonder Girls Pom Pom Troupe.LA150057-10 SUS-151207-190423008

The Wonder Girls Pom Pom Troupe.LA150057-10 SUS-151207-190423008