Times of their lives
PUBLISHED: 15:38 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010
MORE than 4,000 revellers basked in the sunshine while enjoying a bigger and better than ever summer fair sponsored by the Bromley Times last Saturday, writes Kate Nelson.
MORE than 4,000 revellers basked in the sunshine while enjoying a "bigger and better than ever" summer fair sponsored by the Bromley Times last Saturday, writes Kate Nelson.
This year's Hayes Fair, held at Baston School, Baston Road, was particularly special because Hayes Village Association, amateur dramatic society Hayes Players, the Hayes branch of the British Legion and Baston School, are all celebrating their 75th anniversaries.
Hayes Village Association spokesman, Stuart Howe, said: "It was a brilliant day, absolutely amazing. It exceeded our expectations in every way.
"There were 80 stalls selling everything you could possibly imagine as well as food stalls, a beer tent,
clowns and a fun fair.
"There was a very happy atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a thoroughly good time.
"You're never quite sure how these things will come together when you try to organise them but this year's event worked like clockwork.
"It was bigger and better than ever before because of the new venue at Baston School which enabled us to do things we never could at Library Gardens where the fair is normally held."
Children had their faces painted and jumped for joy on the bungee trampoline.
There was also a May Queen Ceremony, Taekwondo demonstrations and the unveiling of the new village bus.
Mr Howe said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to the Bromley Times for sponsoring the event.
"Without our favourite local paper we wouldn't be able to benefit so many charities and, at the end of the day, that's what we want - charities to benefit from people's enjoyment."
The organisers will tally up the money raised before deciding which charities to donate to.
THE Chislehurst Rotary club also hosted their "splendid" annual summer fair on Saturday at Chislehurst Common.
More than 4,000 people attended the Bromley Times sponsored event, attracted by dozens of stalls, maypole dancing, children's games and the grand draw.
Chislehurst Rotarian Maggie Gebbett said: "It went really well, we had great weather and everyone had a lot of fun.
"The winners of the grand draw were a couple who have just got engaged and they won a meal for four at Due Amici restaurant in Chislehurst.
"The brass band was really good, but the best bit was seeing all the children having such a good time.
"It was a splendid family day out. People kept saying to me how nice it was just to be relaxing in the sun with a beer."
Mrs Gebbett predicted there would be around £1,000 worth of profit raised which would be donated to charities in the area and abroad.
* For more pictures of the Hayes Fair and Chislehurst Rotary Fair, click on the gallery links on the right.