VISITORS to Plaistow’s traditional Maypole fete went to infinity and beyond with two mega-stars of the movie industry who graciously turned out to help raise a staggering £4,000.
Buzz Lightyear and Woody, heroes of the Toy Story blockbuster films, arrived on Plaistow village green to open the fete and stayed to meet the children.
The weather held firm for the fete on bank holiday Monday organised by Plaistow Pre-School to raise funds for the group.
Kirdford and Plaistow’s vicar, the Rev Paul Redpath gave an opening speech and the pre-school children, dressed in their chosen fancy dress, joined in the traditional maypole dance which officially marks the start of the fete. Much to the children’s delight, special guests Buzz and Woody also joined in the fun.
There were plenty of amusements for all the family, with fairground rides, pony rides, an exotic bird display, country dancing and a popular dog show judged by former Crufts judge, Helen Davis.
The maypole fete is the most important fundraiser of the year for Plaistow Pre-School.
The lively, community pre-school has played a crucial role at the heart of the village since it opened in the 1960s. It is led by Spirit FM’s ‘Teacher of the Year 2013’, Carol Krol, who is assisted by a team of staff.
Pre-school chairman, Emma Thornhill said: “We had such a great turnout, with people giving so generously, we look set to have raised more than £4,000.
“From all the hard work everyone put into the day, we will be able to now invest more in the facilities and equipment at the pre-school.”