Organisers of Street Fair are delighted that approximately £3,500 was raised over the weekend by hosting the annual Street Fair event. The Street Fair is the traditional fund raiser for Wellington Carnival; after running costs, all money raised from Street Fair and Carnival gets distributed to local groups and charities. Preparations commenced at 6am, with the organisers marking out stalls, and Terry Milton erecting bunting throughout the High Street.
As an experiment this year, South Street was closed as well as the High Street, more than 80 stall holders set up throughout both roads with a vast array of goods; all reported excellent trade throughout the day. Whilst we haven’t had the time to get all local shop owners feedback yet, we sincerely hope they benefited from the event too; we know that a local burger shop ran out of…..burgers! The organisers deliberately refused catering vans from outside the town from attending the event in the hope that local traders would benefit.
The event in High Street started with Wellington Majorettes performing their new display, this was also the first time they had been accompanied by Darth Vader from Star Wars fame. The entire day was filled by local groups performing (all giving their time free of charge) including choirs, bands, dancers, fencing, martial arts and St. Johns Ambulance. A temporary stage was formed on the green in front of the Baptist Church which provided an arena for live bands to play all day in South Street; it was surreal to see people sat on a three piece suite, in the middle of the road, watching live music whilst holding a pint of cider – on such a sunny day.
The organisers received much positive feedback about the event, as well as some constructive criticism on what can be improved (the china smash was extremely popular and raised £125 but interfered with the large number of people trying to enjoy the entertainment). Unfortunately, the fairground rides booked for South Street failed to turn up, and the organisers were grateful to Wellington Bouncy Castles for filling the void at very short notice.
The grand raffle was held at 5pm, thanks to the generosity of Relyon, a Relyon lorry will soon be delivering a new bed to Larry Heal, and Carla from the Garden Café will be benefiting from £100 discount for a new carpet from C and C Carpets in Mantle Street. Various other prize winners were announced, one winner was from Plymouth.
The organisers would like to express their appreciation from all local traders and groups for making the event a massive success, there are too many people to mention here, but you know who you are. They would also like to thank the people of Wellington for turning out in vast numbers, making sure the event and carnival can go ahead in the future.