Sun shines on Petworth Fete in the Park

AROUND 2,000 people flocked to Petworth for the ninth annual Fete in the Park.

Held in glorious sunshine, there was entertainment for the whole family with everything on offer from clog dancing to vintage cars.

The event is organised by the Petworth and District Community Association with the support of the National Trust.

Knickerbocker Glory perform their Appalachian clog dance routine PPP-140713-083555006

Knickerbocker Glory perform their Appalachian clog dance routine PPP-140713-083555006

Chairman of the organising committee Tony Sneller said: “It was a great success as people wandered around under blue skies, enjoying the many charity and commercial stalls and activities.”

The fete opened when the Knickerbocker Glory Appalachian Clog Dancing Team took to the specially-prepared ‘village square’.

There were 110 classic cars on show and some of these were paraded around the arena, as were the classic tractors.

A theme for the day emerged as the children from Petworth Primary School sang songs from the first world war and this was followed by Skinners Horse which did a display of horsemanship from the time of the first world war by playing the part of the 1st Bengal Cavalry.

This Indian theme was rounded off by a display of classical Indian dancing by the Bharatanatyam Dance Group from Crawley.

Mr Sneller said: “This theme emerged quite by accident as the acts were not booked to 
link together.”

He added: “The organising committee are grateful to all those who contributed to making the day such a success, to those who had sponsored the event, those who donated to the grand draw and those who worked hard in the preceding week – and not least all those 
who attended and joined in the fun on the day.”

The dog show proved a great success and was won by Steve with Millie the spaniel, with Gabbie Evans and Indie in reserve. The have-a-go agility arena was busy with owners testing their own and their dogs’ skills.

“The day was a great example of the community coming together,” said Mr Sneller.

He thanked The Stonemasons, The Badgers and The Angel – which between them provided a bar, a hog roast and strawberries and cream – and Petworth Area Churches Together members who worked hard in the tea tent.

Proceeds from the grand draw go to the Petworth Community Garden and other community activities run by the community association.