Smiling through the rain at Chatteris

Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival - childrens' races on Monday.'
Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival - childrens' races on Monday.'
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PEOPLE flocked to the annual Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival over the weekend despite the poor weather.

On Sunday volunteers braved the worst of the weather to help the Teddy Bear’s picnic go off without a hitch - although it was moved inside the marquee rather than being held outside.

The Town Band played and the Old Time Musical events also went ahead. In fact organiser Jo Melton said: “Despite the appalling weather everything went ahead as planned and we had a good turn out for all the events including party in the park on Saturday night, which people really enjoyed and said they would like to see held again next year.

“It rained just as the children’s races were about to start on Monday morning, but thankfully it was just a short sharp shower and the children just carried on. It brightened in the afternoon for it’s a knock-out and the tug-of-war competition which both proved popular.”

She added: “Because the weather was so bad on Sunday we decided we couldn’t charge those who were brave enough to come along, but we just had a bucket for donations and surprisingly people were giving more than we would have charged mainly because they appreciated it was still going ahead.”

All in all the event was a huge success and Mrs Melton thanked the small band of volunteers who kept smiling through the rain including officers from Fenland District Council, who were on duty all weekend.