Clear blue skies and with temperatures more like those on the Med, ensured that The Friends of Wellington Park’s Spring Fair on Sunday 6th May could not have been better.
Taunton’s new (and last) Mayor, Councillor Catherine Herbert and Wellington Mayor Councillor Gary James and their consorts were both present to open the fair.
Stallholders had supported the event in numbers to provide the large crowds with both produce and refreshments to buy, games to play and lively entertainment provided by Genesis Youth Theatre, Avatar Indian Dance Group and High Park Music School.
Romanian Dog Rescue South West hosted a dog show judged by staff of Deane Vets.
Iris Ellins, The Chair of The Friends, all volunteers, said she was ‘delighted’ with the support from community groups, charities and small retailers. The sale of pitches provides the revenue The Friends needs to finance the programme of summer entertainment on Sundays in the park from the beginning of June to the end of August.
She said, “Besides raising funds to put on the concerts, our main aim is to encourage people to enjoy all that this lovely park offers to the local community throughout the year, to know it’s here and to use it. We know how important it is to Wellington residents and we’re grateful for the way it’s looked after – particularly if there’s any threat of damage or vandalism. The police support us and come immediately if there’s any trouble.”
The Spring Fair is not always lucky with the weather but this year’s event shows just how popular it can be when the sun shines.