DRIZZLE and downpours failed to deter more than 1,000 people from making their way to this year’s village fete in Lodsworth.
Despite a poor weather forecast, the rain held off on bank holiday Monday just long enough for families to enjoy all the fun of the fete.
With a barbecue, beer and tea tents and children’s games, there was something for everyone.
“We were very, very lucky,” said chairman of the Lodsworth Larder and village fete committee, Martin Lester.
“Numbers were slightly down on last year, but the carpark was full at some stage.
“Despite the appalling weather forecast, we nearly sold out on the barbecue, and the tea tent fared well.”
The fete made an income of £11,000, with more than 1,400 people showing up on the day.
“Everybody had a great time,” added Martin.
“The silent auction did well, so too did the bric-a-brac stalls, which were this year held in the hall and made £2,500.
“The nice thing is anything that is left over gets donated to the Lurgashall fete.
“We try to make everything as traditional as possible and ensure stallholders are local.”
New activities included a fly fishing competition, a working blacksmith, and a rowing competition, alongside the usual Punch and Judy act.
There was even a two-man saw competition for visitors to take part in.
Visitors were also treated to a Pimm’s tent, live music, dog show and agility ring and the now-famous silent auction with more than 50 lots to bid for, including tickets for international rugby at Twickenham.