11:24 Tuesday 20 May 2014

SLIDESHOW: Stretham Feast - what a fun weekend it was!

Written byJORDAN DAY

Bright sunshine shone over Stretham as almost 2,000 people turned out to celebrate its annual feast weekend.

The feast, which was first held in 1877, kicked off on Friday evening with a family picnic, barbecue and live music on the village recreation ground, and the fun continued right the way through to Sunday evening.

Among the highlights on Saturday were the farmers’ market around the village cross, performances by the Littleport and Ely Riot Morris dancing group and a family fun day at the Red Lion.

Feast Day itself was on Sunday. The celebrations started with an open air church service and families then lined the village’s streets as the parade made its way from the village cross to the recreation ground.

Attractions this year included a fun dog show, mini world cup competition, fairground rides, stalls, hog roast, bar, tug-of-war competition, refreshments and performances by the Ely Military Band, Arco Iris Samba Band and the Jigsaw Dance Company.

Rachel Watts, clerk of Stretham Parish Council, said: “We had an absolutely amazing feast weekend.

“The weather was boiling, the atmosphere was fantastic and we had almost 2,000 people celebrating it with us.”

The feast also raised around £600 for BLESMA - a national charity which supports servicemen and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight.

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