Unbelievable! Dunchurch told no floats at the fete

Happier times... a float from a previous Dunchurch Fete. NNL-160706-092850001
Happier times... a float from a previous Dunchurch Fete. NNL-160706-092850001

Health and safety has hit Dunchurch Fete after the event’s insurers pulled the plug on the floats which traditionally make up the parade.

Over the years various groups of excited youngsters have loved waving from the back of a lorry or trailer to the crowds lining the route.

But when this year’s event takes place next Saturday, June 18, it will be a walking procession as the organisers were left with no option but to drop the floats for this year.

Stig will be returning to drive the carnival princess and her attendants but otherwise it will be shanks’s pony for the trip from the infant school to the sportsfield.

One of the organisers and voice of fete day, Mike Judge, said it had been a shock when their long-standing insurers told them they would no longer insure the floats.

“A few years ago the insurers asked for protection so we’ve had hay bales or barriers on the backs of the floats and we’ve never had a problem.

“This year the insurers said it can’t insure any lorries so we’ve got to explain to the village why it’s a walking procession and not the usual.”

He said people bringing the attractions to the field had their own insurance but the fete had always dealt with the parade insurance rather than ask individual groups like the brownies and the schools to pay for their own.

But while the floats will not be on view, Mr Judge is adamant the show will go on and keep up the good work of previous years: “In just the last ten years we’ve given £75,000 to more than 20 village organisations. We’re alive and kicking and will continue!”

The theme of this year’s event is Disney, so be prepared to see a glittering array of favourite characters appear before your eyes.

The procession will start from the infant school at 12.30pm and make its way through the village to arrive at the field for 1pm.

Meanwhile, Dunchurch Band will have kicked off proceedings there from 12.30pm for an afternoon full of the usual mix of entertainment, stalls and refreshments.