Despite all the pessimistic forecasts of erratic weather, the annual Old Buckenham fete went ahead yesterday afternoon without a drop of rain falling. There had been thunder rolling around in the very early hours of the morning but preparing the stalls went ahead as usual up until lunchtime.
Everything was set up on the lawn outside the village hall or within the building itself. Visitors started arriving and by 2pm and the stalls were in business. You could buy jam or jewellery, win bottles in the tombola, learn circus skills, get a prize from the human fruit machine, watch some energetic Zumba or cool down in the stocks as wet sponges were thrown at you.
There were refreshments of all sorts from tea and homemade cake, pulled pork rolls, burgers, ice cream and a small beer tent. Inside the hall there were more stalls, photos of the village in earlier days and a display of paintings by a village art group.
Overall a successful afternoon that will have raised money for the Village Hall finances and for all the local groups and organisations that ran their own stalls.
(Remember you can see these photos at a larger size by just clicking on them)
The popularity of paying to throw wet sponges at people increased considerably when the chairman of the parish council took his place in the stocks.
And finally here is the human fruit machine having a well-earned break.