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'Absolutely fantastic' Hannington Country Fair returns after three-year hiatus



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The Hannington Country Fair returned for the first time in three years on Sunday.

On an afternoon that defied the forecasters and remained dry, several hundred visitors came to enjoy the traditional country fair.

Guests were treated to a wide range of performances and displays including from Cheam Jazz Band, Kingsclere School and Kingsclere Performing Arts College.

Cheam School Band
Cheam School Band
Dog show entrants Arthur and Saskia Higgs with their Shipoo
Dog show entrants Arthur and Saskia Higgs with their Shipoo
The Hyde Pipers
The Hyde Pipers

The Fun Dog Show attracted high numbers of entries and the traditional games, plant stall, tombola, Grand Draw, silent auction, farm animals, tractor rides, live music, release of doves, food and drink, and lots more besides, ensured an amazing afternoon of fun for all the family.

Chairman of the Hannington Country Fair committee, Tim May, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to be able to welcome people back to the Hannington Country Fair after the hiatus of the pandemic years.

“It has long been an important day for our village as not only does it pull everyone together, but allows us to welcome guests, to have a lot of fun and of course to raise much needed funds for our community and chosen charity, which was St Michael’s Hospice.

Marc Newton, 15, clears the bar
Marc Newton, 15, clears the bar
Isobel Slater on her plant stall
Isobel Slater on her plant stall
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“Plenty of families took the opportunity to spend Fathers’ Day with us, and from the smiles on people’s faces and the chatter and laughter around the place, I think we can safely say that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Mr May added that he wanted to say a “big thank you” to everyone who went along to the fair, “and of course to all the brilliant performers, including the Cheam Jazz Band, Kingsclere School and Kingsclere Performing Arts College, and to the many volunteers involved for all their hard work".

“We look forward to building on this year’s success and welcoming everyone to the next Hannington Country Fair in 2024,” he added.



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