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Fete brings a taste of summer

PUBLISHED: 10:26 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

COMMUNITY groups, music groups and performers entertained hundreds at a festival celebrating the start of summer. The rain stayed away for Penge Festival Fete, staged at Malcolm Primary School, in Oakfield Road on Saturday. The event, which comes at the

COMMUNITY groups, music groups and performers entertained hundreds at a festival celebrating the start of summer.

The rain stayed away for Penge Festival Fete, staged at Malcolm Primary School, in Oakfield Road on Saturday.

The event, which comes at the end of the three-week Penge Festival, saw performances from a steel band and winners of Friday night's Penge has Got Talent event. Stalls, bouncy castles and face-painting were among attractions.

Wendie Roche, chairman of residents' group Penge Partners, who was overseeing the event, said: "I am absolutely delighted. It has gone really well.

"Although we've had a couple of drops of rain, it's been mostly fine, and the first time it hasn't rained for the fete for years!" The fete was opened by Jim Dowd, MP for Lewisham West and Penge, and the Mayor of Bromley, Douglas Auld, visited.

Among popular acts on the main stage were performers from dance troupe Bright Sparks, based in neighbouring Anerley. Penge Town Crier competition and a Companion Dog Show thrilled visitors. Earlier festival events included talks, guided walks and football competitions.

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