GALLERY: Thousands turn out for third annual St George’s Fayre in March

MARCH put on a show fit for any patron saint as the town turned out in force for the third annual St George’s Fayre.

Some put the number of visitors as high as 10,000 – a figure few would argue with as crowds thronged the centre from early morning to late afternoon.

Mike Chapman, Fenland Council’s markets manager, was “absolutely delighted” with the turn out.

“It’s up on last year and we thought that an excellent turn out,” he said.

Town mayor Andrew Pugh spent the day in full robes visiting the stall holders, and meeting and greeting the many organisations who were there to support the event.

“My first walk down the High Street and Broad Street took two hours,” he beamed as he raced off to see many of the activities dotted around the town centre.

There were marching bands, music on the market square, face painting, art competitions, craft workshops, twirling majorettes and vintage bikes were among the many activities on offer for young and old alike.

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St George’s Fayre is one of four events organised each year by Fenland Council as part of their ‘four seasons events’ and is fast becoming one of its most popular.

“A tremendous event and a big thank you to those who put in a tremendous amount of hard work to organise it,” said Council Leader Alan Melton who visited with his family.

St Peter’s Church also played a major part in the day, hosting a craft fair in the church hall and opening is doors to visitors. It also hosted a St George’s Day service following a procession through the town of scout and uniformed groups.

The town is now preparing for its ‘other’ major event, March Summer Festival which opens with the Fenland Has Talent competition on June 9 and progresses through a weekend of music, parades and displays.