Dunchurch fete is a magical day for all the family

The Stig paid a visit to Dunchurch fete.
The Stig paid a visit to Dunchurch fete.

Dunchurch was awash with colour and noise as the village’s annual fete got under way on Saturday.

This year’s event had a Disney theme, giving children (and many adults) the chance to transform into their favourite film characters.

Everyone in fancy dress was permitted free of charge and many went the extra mile to make their costumes stand out from the crowd.

Mike Judge, one of the fete organisers, said: “There were some very inventive people - I was amazed at the costumes they’d pulled together.

“I was dressed as Mickey Mouse and doing my usual MC role, which I’ve done for the last 20 to 25 years. I did try my best, but I couldn’t keep the Mickey voice up all day, unfortunately!”

The day started at 12.30pm with a walking procession from Dunchurch Junior School to the sports field.

At this point the live music and entertainment kicked off, with performances from Brazilian-inspired Sambassadors of Groove, the Lawrence Sheriff Big Band and cheerleading routines from the Crew Girls.

Attractions included the chance to ride a donkey or a go-kart, have a go at archery and meet the Toft alpacas.

Lorry floats were not allowed this year because of problems getting insurance cover, but Mr Judge said: “The parade was excellent and everyone responded really well to the fact we’ll have the lorries back next year.”

He added: “It’s a really good traditional village event. The whole point is to have fun and to raise money. Lots of good causes in the village have benefited from what we’ve raised in previous years. The money given by those who come to the fete is recycled back into the village and the community.”