WHILE raindrops fell, the organisers of the Wisborough Green Bank Holiday Fete kept up that great British tradition – the show must go on!
Despite the rain pouring off the roofs of the brightly coloured tents, local volunteers turned out to man the stalls.
Come 1pm families and friends showed their support, turning out in good numbers, dressed in their finest raincoats and wellies, and carrying a fantastic array of umbrellas.
Sam Cookman,chairman of the Wisborough Green Fete Society, said: “Despite the weather it has been a really great day. Everyone who has turned out to help and support the event in such horrendous weather had a smile on their face, got stuck in and had a brilliant time.
“We took the decision early in the morning to go ahead with all the day’s activities as planned and we have, to the best of our ability, done that to the appreciation of those who came along.”
The fun dog show took place, with sponsor 4Paws mobile dog spa drying pooches between classes. Judge Mark Maltman of Maltman and Cosham Vets had a slightly easier task this year with rather fewer dogs than usual to judge.
Overall ‘Best in Show’ went to Ted owned by Mrs Judge.
Many of the children’s and adults races took place as did the popular egg throwing competition.
The new attraction for the year, the ‘Test your Strength’ stall proved hugely popular with plenty of people having a go to ring the bell.
Those with green fingers were not disappointed either.
The Flower Show marquee was a colourful spectacular and couldn’t fail to delight with its abundance of fruit, vegetables, flowers and crafts on display.
First timers and old hands were delighted with their first, second or third places for their prized produce.
Ian Clemens took the Newbridge top Tray Shield, David Stevens won the Howell Cup for the most points overall, with Philip Midwinter taking the Bob Ansell Memorial Cup for the highest points in the June and August Show.
The Floral Cup went to Gaenor Circus, the Craft Trophy to Ruth Isaacs and the Domestic Cup Sarah Sleeman. The Joyce Rapley Cup for most points in photography was won by Nicky McCluskey and the Children’s Cup by Ruby Gerges.
Sam added: “I would like to say a very, very, big thank you to everyone who supported the event and the band of volunteers and willing helpers who braved the elements to make it all possible.
“We certainly couldn’t have done it without you!”