Cash boost for Chatteris Festival

Sue Elam (centre) from the Historic Festival committee receives the cheque for �1000 from Sharon Selman (left) and Lydia Payne.'
Sue Elam (centre) from the Historic Festival committee receives the cheque for �1000 from Sharon Selman (left) and Lydia Payne.'
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A CHATTERIS landlady has not only been pulling pints recently, she has also been busy raising money for the forthcoming Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Lydia Payne from the Sportsman, which have ranged from raffles and a clairvoyance evening (courtesy of clairvoyant Vivien Powell, to a pamper afternoon, Lydia has raised over £1,000 for the Festival.

On Thursday evening she presented the money to Sharon Selman, chairman of the Festival organising committee.

It will be spent on entertainers at the action-packed Festival, which will run from Thursday, May 31 to Monday, June 4 at Furrowfields Recreation Ground.

A clairvoyance evening on the Thursday and a Best of British Party night, with music from the 59ers, on the Friday evening will launch the Festival. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the Party Night.

On the Saturday, historical re-enactments and performances by local dance, sporting and musical groups will dominate the arena while visitors will also be able to enjoy funfair rides, stalls, performances by jester Devilstick Peat and refreshments.

The Sportsman has also been the venue for the auditions and rehearsals for Saturday evening’s Party in the Park, which is set to be a musical treat with an impressive array of local singers and musicians performing a five hour show, organised by Katie Terry. The Party begins at 6pm and entry is just 50p each.

On the Sunday the fun begins again at 10am and will include a dog show, the Big Lunch, a teddy bears picnic and fancy dress competition, a concert by Chatteris Town Band, an Old Time Music Hall variety show hosted by comedian Perry Dennis and shows by children’s entertainer Stripey Wipey.

On the Bank Holiday Monday it will be family fun time with races for children in the morning, organised by qualified sports coaches, to be followed by a tug of war competition and – one of the highlights of the weekend – an It’s A Knockout competition. There will also be a hog roast for those feeling peckish.

If you would like tickets for the Party Night, to enter teams in the competitions or to offer your services as a steward, contact Joanna Melton on 01354-695166, e-mail or just turn up.