Wellington residents turned out in huge numbers to support the annual Street Fair at the weekend and, by doing so, helped to raise funds for the carnival procession in October.
Clearly showing the town as a vibrant and supportive community, the High Street and South Street were already busy before Martin Reader, current Headmaster of Wellington School, officially opened the Street Fair at 10am, accompanied by the newly elected Mayor, Dave Mitton. Mr Reader thanked the organisers, stallholders, shopkeepers, clubs, entertainers and organisations for giving their time and support to the Fair to make it a success – and God too for delivering fine weather!
Beneath high clouds and some sunshine, more than 80 stalls – a record for the event – were open for business selling plants, clothes, food, ornaments, jewellery and gifts in streets decked with bunting. There were games, raffles, face-painting, two bouncy castles, ice-cream stalls and a huge digger from Diggerland to entertain both children and their parents. Members of Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were on hand to give valuable advice about safety.
A packed programme of entertainment opened with Wellington Majorettes’ new and complex routine in the morning, followed by an impressive display of trampolining by the town’s Whirlwinds.
Blackdown Community Choir, Somerset Red Arrows Majorettes, Bollywood Dancers, Sweet Coppin Clog Dancers, and Skintight Samba Band and demonstrations from St John Ambulance, Court Fields Karate and TAGB Tae Kwon Do clubs ensured the crowds had lots to watch throughout the day in the High Street; Hot Meat, Tobias Faulkner, Crow Dawn, Stampita and Lazy River took over the stage on the green outside the Baptist Church in South Street, together with Wellington Arts Association.
This was Wellington’s biggest Street Fair yet and, building on its very evident success, the organisers will be looking to expand again next year