Typical Bank Holiday drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who packed the narrow thoroughfares of Milverton to enjoy the annual Street Fair. A rare combination of Caribbean samba music, Morris Dancers and endless plant stalls created a uniquely British atmosphere for an event that raises large sums for charity and is plain good fun.
Local bigwigs Jeremy Browne MP and Taunton mayor Steve Brooks – accompanied by umbrella-wielding chauffeur – were spotted in the crowded streets – as was intergalactic visitor Darth Vader. The Victoria Rooms were packed to the rafters with bargain-hunters touring the many craft stalls, and numerous pigs seemed to have given their lives to sustain the roast pork bap demand.
The Street Fair is the climax of the fund-raising year for organisers Wiveliscombe & District Rotary Club. “This event shows how a great family day out can raise real sums for charities at home and abroad,” said spokesman Bruce Keay. In the past 16 months the WDRC has raised over £18,500 for a wide range of causes.
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