GALLERY: Dancers delight the crowds as hundreds turn out for Coates May Fair

COATES village green was buzzing on Saturday as hundreds of locals turned out in the sunshine for the annual May Fair, organised by governors from the village school.

The event began with the parade of the May King and Queen and their attendants, all children from the village school.

Nathan Wheat and Amy Quince were crowned May King and Queen by Bev Sands, the chairman of the school’s recently formed Fun for Funds Group.

Throughout the event, groups of children performed various maypole, country and African dances, much to the pleasure of the crowds.

Jenny Gamble of the organising committee said: “This was the best attended May Fair yet, and I’m sure the good weather helped to draw people out.

“We had a fabulous afternoon and it was great to see so many charities and car booters coming along to raise money for their good causes.

“The Maypole dancers were outstanding. They put their hearts and souls into doing a good job and they never let us down. It was wonderful watching them performing traditional dances with their colourful dresses and skirts brightening an already sunny day.”

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There was also a dog show, barbecue, funfair, and other games as well as the car boot and charity stalls. The event was sponsored by Carol and Mike at the village Spar shop, and Easton Caravan Storage.

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