Picture gallery: Visitors to Thetford Youth Day brave the wind and rain

Organisers were hoping to add to their coffers and raise awareness of an active group of youngsters at an annual fundraising event today (Sunday).

Thetford Youth Day, organised by the 1109 (Thetford) Squadron of the Air Cadets, a registered charity which relies on donations to keep going, went ahead at Kilverstone Park and featured a variety of stalls and activities.

People were able to watch live music, take advantage of a funfair or visit one of the many local organisations represented.

Chairman of the 1109 Squadron, Michaela Sears, said the cadets had camped at the park overnight in preparation for the event, which usually raised around �2,000 each year.

'This is such an important day for them because they all get involved,' she said. 'Everybody pulls together and it's a really good time.'

Stalls this year included the newly-formed Wretham Plant Centre run by the Wingrove family.

Sophie Wingrove said: 'This is for charity and it's local so it's nice to promote the community. It's nice to show some community spirit - people always say nothing happens in Thetford but it does.'

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Tim Knox of the Bury Model Flying Club said this was the first year the organisation had taken part.

He added: 'For us and the cadets it's a really important day because we we get to go out and meet everybody and let them know what we do. It's nice to meet with the community.'

Money raised this year will be spent on media equipment, such as laptops, for the cadets.

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