Fernhurst Revels in a wonderful atmosphere for its annual village fete

On a day of perfect weather for a village fete, Fernhurst proved yet again that its reputation as one of the best locally was well deserved.

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 4:14 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:41 am
DM1852521a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-235208008

The event started with the procession across the village. The newly chosen May Queen was accompanied by attendants, heralds, crown bearers, garland bearers, page boys and followed by last year’s Queen, Jenny Melia and her attendant.

The crowning ceremony is the epitome of tradition, and inevitably St George kills the dragon despite some enthusiastic support for the fire breathing beast.

More tradition in maypole dancing and the fancy dress, with pantomime as a theme, attracted a very good turnout, from Sinbad to Cinderella and all the dwarfs.

DM1852523a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Jenny Melia crowns Naomi Braithwaite. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-235219008

There was plenty for the youngsters to do, including archery, nerf guns, the coconut shy, the bouncy castle, Punch and Judy, live touchable reptiles and a mass of assorted stalls, classic cars and tractors games, raffling hampers, a 400 piece tombola, a 43 lot silent auction and food of every sort.

One of the highlights was the flying display of birds of prey swooping ever closer to the ground and trees.

Some fifty dogs took part in the dog show, presenting their waggiest tail,their faces for the prettiest bitch and their behaviour for the dog the judge most wants to take home.

It felt as if as many chidren were taking part in the children’s races.

DM1852815a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-234640008

A wonderful atmosphere pervaded the whole afternoon, with all ages enjoying themselves at the same time.

DM1852488a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-235145008
DM1852829a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-234544008
DM1852901a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-180520-234515008
DM1852820a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-234618008
DM1852484a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Cake sellers, L to R Lizzie Wright, Corinne Hitching, Julie Stoner and Ceri O'Hara. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-235133008
DM1852861a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-180520-234532008
DM1852472a.jpg. Fernhurst Revels, 2018. Some of the organisers L to R Elaine Ewing, Fabienne Speares, Judith Turner, Heather Bicknell and Caroline Parry. Photo by Derek Martin Photograph. SUS-180520-235122008