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Old Coulsdon Village Fair’s 20th anniversary was ‘an amazing day’ despite bad weather

Old Coulsdon Village Fair’s 20th anniversary was ‘an amazing day’ despite bad weather
Sep 14, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 14/09/2016

Old Coulsdon Village Fair’s 20th anniversary was ‘an amazing day’ despite bad weather

A dog show, steam railway rides and about 90 stalls were part of the rearranged Old Coulsdon Village Fair on Saturday as it celebrated its 20th anniversary.

More than 2,000 people attended the annual family event, held in Grange Park and organised by Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club, had an arena where dance, gymnastics and army cadet shows entertained spectators.

There was also a dog show with a finale in the arena, about 90 stalls with a variety of activities, inflatable rides and a host of classic cars on show.

The fair was due to take place on July 2 but was cancelled for the first time in 20 years due to flooding, with September 10 being the next available date.

Ironically, despite good weather over the past week, it rained on the day of the fair but Roy Chamberlain, president of Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club, still felt the community event was a success.

He said: “Despite the weather, it was an amazing day and there was a sense of stoicism and determination among all the groups on the fairground – Rotarians, stall holders and public – to make it a success.

“The public seemed to be prepared to enjoy the fair in the rain and go home and dry out indoors, the children were oblivious to the rain and determined to go on the rides.

“The arena events and ever-popular dog show carried on regardless.”

The Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts, opened the fair, which took place from 12am to 4:30pm.

Mr Chamberlain said: “Our club has always prided itself in a having a good community spirit and it was never better demonstrated than the enthusiasm in Saturday’s adverse conditions.

“And it is clearly appreciated by the public, who were still arriving even after the rain had set in for the afternoon.

“Drivers leaving the fair have often stopped in the past and passed thanks on to me for a well-organised event.

“Saturday was no exception. They really wanted to emphasise how much they appreciated our efforts to run a great event despite the conditions.”

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