GALLERY: Wimblington and Stonea Show makes glorious comeback
THE revival of a popular Fenland show pulled in crowds of people eager to celebrate its return.
The Wimblington Gala stopped in 2010 to the disappointment of many in the village.
“We were concerned that if it didn’t continue, we would lose the goodwill that it had generated in the past,” organiser and parish council member Liz Wright said.
She and others formed a small committee of people determined to bring the event back to life - and as such the new Wimblington and Stonea Summer Show was born.
“It was fantastic and went beyond my wildest dreams, “ Ms Wright said.
“There was a brilliant atmosphere and it was so good to be able to put something on that people enjoyed and wanted to be a part of.
“It was really enjoyable to organise.”
The show’s approximate £400 of takings for 2012 mean enough money has been raised to guarantee the event’s place on the calendar next year, Ms Wright said.
Central to it thanks to the involvement of the Wimblington and Stonea Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association was a schedule of 100 fruit and vegetable classes and opportunities for people to enter their home grown vegetables for competition.
There was also a small section for honey and baking and Wimblington’s allotments were open to the public throughout the day on Sunday, July 15.
Ms Wright said: “We’d like to give a special thanks to judges, who gave their time for nothing.”
Karen Harvey, who was a judge in the arts and children’s categories, added: “The sense of community was truly inspiring.
“It was a totally brilliant day, and everyone who worked so hard to make it happened deserves a huge thank you.”