July 23 2014 Latest news:
By RICHARD BATSON
Monday, May 26, 2014
Snakes, donkeys and a cartoon pig added to the fun of a spring street fair which is looking a way ahead - to Christmas.
The event at Stalham is an important fundraiser for the town’s festive lights and festivities.
The local street events committee runs both the street fair and the Christmas festivities and lights.
Committee member Esther Curson said the event last weekend was vital to their bank balance.
“This normally pays for the street insurance for both events, which costs us £340,” she explained.
“Other events help replace lights and pay for the presents Santa gives out. So the more we raise the better the gifts area.”
The Sunday street fair was a success, helped by good weather, said Mrs Curson.
There were donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, and entertainment from singer Marc James.
New this year was local man Jason McGinty who brought along some of his collection of snakes and tarantula spiders.
Children’s story character Peppa Pig mingled with the crowds. There were displays by the town’s community gym, and a novelty dog shows including a competition for the “fastest biscuit eater in the east”.
Craft stalls ranged from jewellery to someone making tiny teddy bears.
Mrs Curson said the organising committee was always looking for new members, or volunteers who could help man the events.
The next meeting of the committee is on June 10 at 5pm at the local Co-Op store.
And a race night is being planned for August in the town hall.
Anyone keen to join in should contact Mrs Curson on 01692 581622.