Photo gallery: Fakenham Fair hailed a huge success

If you saw stilt walkers, a Chinese dancing dragon, Big Bird, Robin Hood, a troupe of dancers and Harley Davidson bikers parading through a town centre yesterday, chances are you were at the Fakenham Fair.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the parade and then headed down to Millennium Park for activities including live music, sports demonstrations, children's races and fair ground rides.

Mark Baldwin, chairman of Kick Start Fakenham, which organised the Fakenham Fair, said: 'The town has done itself proud and I'd like to thank everyone for coming out to support our event.

'It has all come together in the last two weeks, with people getting involved and the turnout has surpassed all of my expectations.'

The parade had a sports theme to tie in with the Olympics. It was led by Olympic torch bearer Mujibar Rahman, 40, known locally as Diego, who lives in Fakenham and carried the Olympic torch through the town on July 4, Amie Hutchison, 14, from Fakenham who is in the Great Britain under-16s fastpitch soft ball team and seven-year-old Toby Scott, from South Creake, who is a member of the Fakenham branch of the Anglia Academy of TaeKwondo and was recently won the groups's student achievement of the year award, for the whole of East Anglia.

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Fakenham High School pupil Emily Woodhouse, 15, a football and cricket star, had also been selected to lead the parade, but was unable to attend.

There were several stalls and trade stands at the park and the whole event was compared by North Norfolk Radio.

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Entertainment continued into the evening with a live band at The Rampant Horse pub and a beer festival at The Bull.

Fakenham was famous for its town carnivals in the 1980s and the Fakenham Fair was revived three years ago. Last year saw the first carnival procession in Fakenham for more than 20 years.

Sean Mears, vice chairman of Kick Start Fakenham, said: 'It has been amazing to see so many people out in the park having a great time and I'm sure the Fakenham fair will continue to grow and be successful for many years to come.'

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