Showground welcomes back crowds for Summer Fayre
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A major venue has held its first event since lockdown as thousands gathered to celebrate all things Norfolk.
The Norfolk Showground welcomed back crowds on Saturday for its Summer Fayre, marking the first event at the venue since lockdown.
Roughly 50 local food and drink producers had stands at the event, while acts including The Rogue Shanty Buoys and Nebula Sun provided entertainment and heritage displays were held by groups including the Starting Handle Club.
Mark Nicholas, managing director of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), said it was an important moment in the showground's fightback after coronavirus.
Despite a rainy start to Saturday, the clouds parted and crowds were able to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
"We are absolutely delighted," Mr Nicholas said. "It's a flagship moment as we come out of Covid.
"It's really nice to see several thousand people enjoying the open space and entertainment and traders at the summer fayre.
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"It's the first event since lockdown and the RNAA is delighted to be leading the way."
He said food and drink producers at the event had proved popular, with most attracting queues of people keen to sample goods and pick up their lunch.
Mr Nicholas said they had worked closely with Clear Company, a local community interest company, to put on the entertainment.
The fayre comes after months of uncertainty for large event organisers, with the government's roadmap having been delayed on its final step, which was initially planned for June 21.
"We have all become used to being comfortable with uncertainty," Mr Nicholas said.
"We had always prepared this event for step three restrictions from May 17 in case the rules were extended, so when they were it did not have an impact and we could go ahead."
Food and drink producers which were present at the fayre included Proudly Norfolk, which represents local traders, Phat Khao, Walnut Tree Distillery, Wild Knight Distillery, The Jam Jar, Bam Bam Crepe and many more.
Artist Johno Cornish, who is known for swapping a brush for a screwdriver was also there to display his work, along with Ruddy Muddy, who creates his artwork on dirty vans.