Wellington Street Fair attracted large crowds to both the High Street and South Street at the weekend, a turnout that organiser Dave Rylatt, Operations Director of Wellington Carnival, said was “fantastic!’ He added, “All the pitches have been taken and people have turned out to support the event. It’s brilliant. Lovely atmosphere. We’re hoping to raise at least £2,500 today.”
The Street Fair, which raises funds for Wellington Carnival, was opened by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow and Wellington Mayor Bob Bowrah. Carnival Princess Ellie Norris presented bouquets to Rebecca and to Pearly Queen Madge Covey (94) who sells raffle tickets at every Street Fair.
A packed programme of entertainment provided crowds with music all day at four separate venues, Wellington and Red Arrow Majorettes were out in force and there were demonstrations of Tae Kwon Do, karate and Bollywood dancing before the Grand Draw took place at the end of the afternoon.
Children and families had plenty to keep them entertained. Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol made a dramatic entry led by a police car, there were bouncy castles and free fencing, plenty of food and drink to suit all tastes and dozens of stalls selling produce, crafts, gifts, plants, books – even tutus. Many local organisations – including Wellington Basins Volunteers, Wellington Rotary Club, Little Gems Animal Rescue, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Genesis, See Ability, Wellington Toy Library, local churches and carnival clubs – were present.
A day which started in light drizzle ended in sunshine and the organisers should be delighted with the success of the event. The committee’s next task is to select a ‘Royal Family’ – King, Queen, Prince and Princess – for the Carnival Pageant in September from entries received by Saturday 18 June. The winners will be announced on Sunday 26 June.