PICTURE GALLERY: Mundesley’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Events turned curiouser and curiouser this afternoon, Saturday July 30, as white rabbits and a March Hare frolicked with other characters from a much-loved classic children's story at a seaside-village extravaganza.

An estimated 300-400 people, many in silly hats, joined the cast of Alice in Wonderland for Mundesley's Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

They tucked into homemade buns and cakes donated by villagers, while trying not to trip over the sleepy Dormouse who kept dozing off during the jamboree.

The successful party was the brainchild of Nigel and Brenda Holmes, and other members of the Mundesley Pageant Committee, as a fund-raiser for the village's annual Christmas performance.

Organisers staged the tea party in the Big Top of the Circus Ferrel, which is currently visiting Mundesley, and circus staff had dressed up, fully entering into the spirit of the occasion, according to committee secretary Jo Berry.

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Wonderland-style games were also on offer, including croquet using flamingo sticks and rolled-up 'hedgehogs' as balls, and Splat the Dormouse.

Mrs Berry estimates that the tea party has raised over �400 which will go towards a radio microphone system and staging for this year's Christmas Eve pageant which sees a procession through the village as the Nativity story is enacted at various landmarks.

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