A good time was had by all at the Nantwich Fete and Skoolzfest on Saturday 28th June in Nantwich.
Crowds in the town centre enjoyed fairground rides and a host of entertainments and stalls, which included Punch and Judy, tombola’s, popcorn and face painting.
Traders in the market dressed up in School costume to commemorate the event.
Refreshments were provided in the parish hall, a hog roast on the high street and a barbecue at Clewlows, who donated part of their burger income to St Mary’s church funds.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson showed not only his prowess at the Coconut Shy, but bravely volunteered to face wet sponges in the town’s pillory, where local scouts were raising money for a planned trip to Japan.
Elsewhere, the Skoolzfest events charmed parents and visitors to the town, with a huge range of pupils’ musical, dance and drama performances staged at venues throughout the town, as well as a popular art exhibition at the museum. Outdoors, the children performed a Maypole dance, and the telling of 14 different stories by 14 different schools, which colourfully entertained all day in the well of the St. Mary’s Church.
The whole day kicked off with the Big Sing, which saw the massed choirs of all the local schools gather together outside the Church to perform a medley of contemporary and traditional songs.
Fete spokesman Shaun Cafferty said:
“The idea of having a town fete was only conceived in late Spring, so we were very pleased at how things went, given limited resources and timescales.
The atmosphere in the town was great, and someone told me that the roads and car parks were very busy so obviously a lot of people came to enjoy what was on offer.
We hope to make this an annual fixture in the Nantwich events calendar, which had a gap over the summer months that we wanted to fill.
With a longer planning period and more helpers it can only get better and better.
The children’s performances were great, and it’s clear that Nantwich has got talent!
“I would like to thank the small group of volunteers who worked so hard to pull this together and especially the support of St Mary’s Church and the Skoolzfest organising team of local teachers, without whom this great day would simply not have happened.
Thanks also to the local businesses who again put their hands in their pockets to help finance the event.
Funding and volunteer manpower is what makes these events possible, and we need this continued support so we can carry on having these special days in the town”.
Anyone interested in helping or supporting next year’s Fete can contact Shaun at the Martin&Co Office on Hospital St or the Town Clerk at the Civic.
By Jonathan White