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Community spirit shines through at Biggin Hill festival

PUBLISHED: 14:08 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:08 05 July 2016

Biggin Hill Fair - Keith Larby/AK Photos

Biggin Hill Fair - Keith Larby/AK Photos

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People dodged the rain to enjoy a range of events and activities

An afternoon downpour failed to dampen spirits at this year’s Biggin Hill festival as crowds turned up to enjoy a range of events, displays and rides.

Highlights included the fun dog show and the Pride and Joy display of classic vehicles, which included models by Jaguar, VW, MG, Ford, Triumph, Honda, Rolls Royce and BMW.

Charities and groups taking part included Biggin Hill Guides, Friends Of The Parks, Bromley Lions, Friends of Charles Darwin School and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Volunteer paramedics were also on the scene to teach people first aid.

Karen Allum, one of the Friends of Charles Darwin School, said: “It was a bit of a washout - the mayor had to run under our gazebo to escape the rain - but it did pick up again.

“We generally have the same every year - the coconut shy and a golf game.

“Parents help out, and the money that we raise goes back to the school.

“When the weather is lovely it is really great as there is music and a funfair, and the mayor comes up, so it is nice once a year.”

Michael Balcombe, ‘Lion Tamer’ at Bromley Lions, who ran the tombola stall, said: “It was a typical British summer afternoon. It rained, but we got away with it and had a lot of fun doing so.

“A lot of the local people came out even though it did rain.

“They still turned up despite the weather and I had some rather nice chats with people.

“We didn’t make a lot of money but we enjoyed ourselves and got our name out there.

“It is a lot of hard work for a few hours but the fun comes through when someone says ‘that was a smashing show’.

“Every pound we make goes back into the local community.”

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