Big crowds turned out on the streets of Wellington to support the Wellington Street Fair on Sunday 4 June.
The event was opened by Mayor Gary James who led a respectfully observed minute’s silence dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks in both Manchester and London.
Crowds filling both High Street and South Street could browse 83 stalls offering a wide range of food and drink, flowers and plants, toys, books, jewellery, crafts and gifts. There were activities for children – including four inflatables – and a visit from Peppa Pig and her brother George.
Wellington Baptist Church held an open-air service in South Street led by Pastor Sam Griffiths.
Many local clubs, groups and organisations were represented and crowds could choose between no fewer than 25 separate acts on three stages, all of them giving their time free to the Fair.
Organisers Dave Rylatt and Louise Brierley said they were “very pleased” with the success of the event which is Wellington Carnival’s main fundraiser. Dave said, “We hope to make about £2,500 from the Street Fair, all of which will go towards the cost of the Carnival on 30 September.” He paid particular tribute to all the musicians who had donated their time. He said, “We’re so grateful to all of them – and it’s good to see Elvis back again as he was so popular last year people didn’t want to leave.”
Asked about the number of people who had supported the Fair, he said, ‘I think it compares with last year although there may have been slightly fewer people here because of the weather – but we’re delighted with the way everyone has supported us and seem to have enjoyed themselves.”