Organisers of Wellington Street Fair were “really delighted” with the response to the annual event as huge numbers packed South Street and the High Street on Sunday. With a considerable increase in the number of stallholders who had signed up for a pitch and more entertainment to keep the crowds happy, Dave Rylatt, Chairman of Wellington Carnival Committee, said, “It’s been a huge success. We’ve had 25 more stalls this year – there are 80 here today – and we hope to raise £3,000 or more to go towards the cost of staging the Carnival in the autumn.”
Stalls selling food – including one organised by the local Filipino community -, gifts, stationery, crafts, art and clothes were joined by those representing local charities, clubs and organisations. Archie, the mascot of dementia-awareness charity Reminiscence Learning, was present as were members of the local branch of the British Legion carefully polishing a vintage car. Wellington in Bloom members launched their Battle of Waterloo bicentenary competition inviting contestants to plant a Wellington boot in their front garden or on the street with prizes on offer.
A rolling programme of entertainment throughout the day in the High Street featured 11 different groups including Wellington Majorettes, the hugely popular Bollywood Dancers, Blackdown Community Choir, Court Fields Karate Club and Wellington Silver Band. An Open Mic session ran outside Rule 7 and local bands kept crowds happy at The Green Dragon in South Street. For children there were bouncy castles, swing boats and an assault course as well as ice-creams, pizzas, chips and soft drinks.
The event took place in brilliant summer sunshine and brought the whole community onto the streets. Dave Rylatt and Louise Brierley said, “The turnout is fantastic and we’re really grateful for all the groups, clubs and bands who have supported us, giving their time free to make the day such a success for everyone.”
The committee’s next fund-raising event will be the Autumn Music Festival on Saturday 19 September featuring The Wurzels and sponsored by Sheppy’s Cider.