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PUBLISHED: 15:14 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

BUSY: Last year’s Hayes Fair pulled in a great crowd to its host of stalls, fun and games.

BUSY: Last year's Hayes Fair pulled in a great crowd to its host of stalls, fun and games.

RESIDENTS will have no excuse not to get out and enjoy a feast of family fun as three exciting events, all sponsored by your Times, take place across the borough this weekend. The Chislehurst Rotary Summer Fair is on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and is ex

RESIDENTS will have no excuse not to get out and enjoy a feast of family fun as three exciting events, all sponsored by your Times, take place across the borough this weekend.

The Chislehurst Rotary Summer Fair is on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the common near the Queen's Head pub to enjoy family attractions.

With a funfair boasting a ghost train and a roundabout, as well as candyfloss and ice-creams, the fete is sure to be a hit with the children while adults will be able to browse the bric-a-brac, jewellery and plant stalls and cool off with a refreshing drink in the beer tent.

Dozens of neighbourhood organisations are represented at the fair, including churches and youth organisations while free copies of the newspaper will be available on the Bromley Times stall.

Organiser Rotarian Tony Wells said: "We hope the crowds will turn out for this annual event. The fair is a real community attraction and we have put in an order for sunshine too! The prices in the beer tent are also a major draw."

For the first time Chislehurst Rotarians will be selling cotton bags to help residents cut down on the use of plastic carriers.

There is also the chance for the public to see a 'Shelter Box'- a large container of emergency essentials such as a tent, clean water, cooking utensils and blankets. These boxes are sent by Rotary clubs when there is a disaster like the Italy earthquake or the Australian fires.

All profits from the fair go to charities, most of which are local and include the hospices, Marjorie McClure School, and many more community projects.

The club also supports national and international good causes. For more details see www.chislehurstrotaryclub.org.uk.

Meanwhile petrol heads will have something to get revved up about when the world's biggest one day classic car show comes to town on Sunday.

More than 3,000 vehicles will be on show at the Bromley Pageant of Motoring, which is due to take place on at Norman Park, Bromley.

The event is the biggest of its kind in the world and features an automotive extravaganza of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and stationary engines.

Event director Jason Lunn said: "Last year was one of the best events we have ever held and this year looks set to be just as good.

"It is a great day for the whole family, there will be a local band called The Flames playing rock 'n' roll. We're hoping for good weather as always, last year I got sunburned and I don't mind if that happens again.

"This year is particularly big because it is 50 years of Mini so we are expecting them to be well represented.

"We also have a bigger autojumble stand which is basically lots of old, random car parts so anyone looking for that elusive bit might just find it there."

More than 27,000 people are expected to attend the Times sponsored pageant, which has been held in the borough for more than 20 years.

Entertainment in the main arena will be hosted by Jerry Thurston from Channel 4's Salvage Squad who will be working on a special vehicle restoration and Steve Colley will be performing motorcycle stunts.

Classic car owners will be able to get advice and tips from experts from magazine Classic Car Weekly.

Anyone interested in having an 'autojumble' stand should contact Helen Norcombe on 07545 160 353 or e-mail h_norcombe@hotmail.com.

For car entries, trade stands and general information call 01775 768661. You can also book online at www.bromley pageant.co.uk where you can also download booking forms for clubs and cars for sale.

Gates open 9.30am and adjacent car parking is free.

Following the success of last years Hayes Fair the event will once again be held at for Baston School in Baston Road, Hayes, on Saturday from midday until 4.30pm.

After many months of planning, the organisers have ensured a great afternoon for visitors of all ages with more than 70 stalls as well as shows, games and displays.

There will also be a raffle and refreshments will be on sale throughout the event.

The visitors' car park costs £1 per car and admission to the fair is free. New, improved car parking arrangements are in place this year with the entrance at Baston School Early Years Department in Baston Road. Anybody interested in help with the setting-up, running, and dismantling of the fair should contact Peter Harrold on 020 8462 1736.

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