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Event deemed successful despite the rain

John Herring

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IT's all over Thatcham- until next year anyway. 

Despite getting off to a damp start Thatcham's Family Fun Day continued to pull in the crowds on Sunday. 

The weather didn't deter hundreds of children from entering the fun runs, sponsored by The Newbury Weekly News, organised by the Thatcham Sports Network and trophies paid for by the Thatcham and District Rotary Club.

First to cross the finish line of the run around the field was Thatcham girl Louise Atkins who said she had enjoyed the run and the day despite the poor weather.

More than 70 stall holders also ran attractions to fundraise for their causes. 

Liz Jones and Helen Kenna from the 1st Thatcham Scouts said that the fun day would go a long way to fundraising for the unit. "I think it's a really worthwhile community event to come to and it's getting bigger year on year," Mrs Kenna said.

Then came a revving of engines as the rotary club's parade of classic cars saw around 200 classic - and some not so classic - vehicles set off around the field. 

Organisers said that the show had grown year on year, with this year being the first that they had asked for donations towards their local charities. 

There was a stand off towards the end of the five-hour day - but it was all in good fun as the West Berkshire Cruisers sought to retain their title in the tug of war contest.

The car club owners A team squared off against their B team and newcomers Gypsy Fury, who emerged triumphant but were ultimately 'beaten' by a children's team.

Speaking at the end of the fun day the mayor of Thatcham Sheila Ellison said: I think it's been very successful. The weather was unkind to start with and some people changed their plans but I think everybody here has enjoyed themselves and the stall holders have been busy.

"It's been a fun day with a lovely atmosphere, friendly and everybody moving around the stalls. It was very nice to see that there were several young people raising money for their organisations, which I think is applaudable and very good to see."

The Newbury Weekly News was at the event all day on Sunday and for extensive coverage, including plenty of pictures, see Thursday's paper.

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