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Arnesby May Fayre 30 May 2011

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The 31st annual Arnesby May Fayre was held in the worst weather conditions for some years. Persistent rain kept most people away and caused the cancellation of a number of events and attractions.

The Fayre started in a rain storm with a peal of the St Peter’s Church bells.

Entertainment this year included performances on the green by rock and country band the Lizzards and the string quartet Arcturus gave concerts in St Peter’s church. The Wigston Band were driven into St Peter’s church for the third year by the rain showers but were able to play outside the village hall as usual for the second part of their concert. Regulars Bakanalia, the Border Morris group and Mr Potato Man entertained visitors all around the village. This year a children’s entertainer gave magic, balloon modelling and circus skills lessons to the children. The pupils of the Arnesby Church of England School performed a maypole dance on the green.
The ‘Craft Village’, again in its own marquee, was bigger and better than previous Fayres and featured demonstrations of traditional crafts including felting, spinning and jewellery making.

The 11th running of the 5 mile cross country race went ahead regardless of the weather and 34 adults and 12 juniors enjoyed themselves in the mud. Men's winner was Rob Pullen (Wigston Phoenix) in a time of 30:41. Ladies winner was Bernadette Owen (Fleckney & Kibworth) in 40:43 and the junior winner was Jack Williams aged 15, in 14:35. Read the full results»

The organisers would like to thank the many villagers and their friends and families who helped in any way before, during and after the day and without whom the day could not have succeeded.

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