Despite a wet and windy day, residents turned out in force to support the Queen’s 90th birthday themed Hurst Green Village Fete.
From the doors of the memorial hall opening early morning, when a steady stream of competitors trooped in with entries for the various classes, the banana cake and birthday card for the Queen proving particularly popular, through to the pet show, won by Scampi, a black, miniature poodle owned by the Riding family, to the day’s main events, the fete has been hailed a great success.
St Joseph’s Primary School children rode to the hall on a tractor and trailer, many of them in fancy dress and the majority with a royal flavour and the day’s celebrity, lifelong village resident Theresa Nutter, who celebrated her 90th Birthday in the same week as the Queen officially opened the event in the hall, which was packed with people of all ages.
This year’s queen Jessica Holden, who attends St Joseph’s, was crowned by retiring queen Rebecca Hayhurst, followed by presentations
to competition winners.
The Royal Baby Cup for the most points won by a child under eight was won by Lucy Hodkinson. The Mather Shield for the over eights was won by Daisy Riding. Lucy also won the Margaret Martindale cup for the best item in the show - her decorated cup cakes. Adult classes winner was Mathew Haworth who won the Father Magill trophy, Mathew being the first male winner of this trophy. The winner of the best entry in the show for an adult was Bernadette Jacques.
Mrs Nutter judged the children’s fancy dress, many with homemade costumes. Lucy Hodkinson, Pippa Dilworth, Padraig O’Reilly and Dominic Backshall all won prizes with the best overall going to Freddie O’Reilly. Winners of the bowling competition, held alongside the fete were Stephen Hayhurst and Jim Turner.
Umbrellas were then raised and the crowd went outside to watch the year five and six pupils dancing around the maypole, which was a real triumph and the children looked amazing in Union Jack flag skirts and shorts.
There were stalls inside and out and teas were served, with music from the Palatine Fiddlers.
As the day drew to a close, organisers declared the fete a great success despite the weather, with more than £500 being raised for good causes in and around the village.
Thanks should go to organisers and helpers, including John Wilkinson, Peter Holden, Barry Bolton, Billy Magahey, Ian Young, St Joseph’s School, the kitchen helpers and Coffee Stop, the cake bakers, the police cadets, Mrs Nutter and Peter Holden from Winkley.