THE sun shone down on Plaistow for the bank holiday Monday Maypole Fete, organised to raise funds for Plaistow Pre-School.
Kirdford and Plaistow’s vicar, the Rev Paul Redpath, gave a lovely speech to open the fete and model Jodie Kidd, who lives locally, walked with the children on to the green and joined in the traditional maypole dance that officially marks the start of the fete.
Much to the children’s delight, special guests Peppa Pig and George then joined in the fun.
There were plenty of amusements for all the family with fairground rides, pony rides, a fun tug-o-war and a popular dog show judged by a former Crufts’ judge.
Also on display were two classic cars, vintage tractors and a steam engine.
The Maypole Fete is the most important fundraiser of the year for the pre-school.
The community pre-school has played a crucial role at the heart of the village since it opened in the 1960s. It is led by last year’s Spirit FM ‘teacher of the year’, Carol Krol, and her team of staff.
Chairman Emma Thornhill said: “We had such a great turnout and with people giving so generously, we look set to have raised more than £4,000 and we will be able to now invest more in facilities and equipment, which is great news for the children.
“We will be donating about £200 raised from the popular barrow-o-booze to Chestnut Tree House.”