Fayre runs out of steam

Mark Davey (right) presents Chris Donaldson of the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a cheque for �6,000
Mark Davey (right) presents Chris Donaldson of the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a cheque for �6,000
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THIS year has seen the end of an era with organisers of the annual Walpole Steam and Country Fayre announcing the end of the long running event.

Chairman Mark Davey made the announcement with “great sadness” at the recent presentation of the proceeds of this year’s fayre to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Davey, who handed a cheque for £6,000 to Chris Donaldson from the air ambulance, explained the decision to call an end to the fayre was due to the retirement of some committee members because of age.

He said: “It is good to call a halt and go out on a high - this has been our best ever year with over £4,000 being raised. It is a sad decision but we decided this was a good time to draw a line under the fayre.”

The £6,000 included the proceeds from this year’s event, plus £900 from the March-based Omaha Caravan Club which holds an annual rally to coincide with the fayre, plus money held over from previous years.

Mr Davey paid tribute to all those who had supported the event over the years including the exhibitors and traders.

He also thanked committee members: Simon Bull, Reg Mattless, David Chapman and Martin Richardson, as well as Tim and Carolyn Rudd for use of their fields.

Around £30,000 has been raised for charity over the past 11 years with the Air Ambulance being the main beneficiary.