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Crowds flock to village fete

PUBLISHED: 13:48 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 14 July 2010

Tiny tots enjoy the amusements on the village green.

Tiny tots enjoy the amusements on the village green.

Bank holiday crowds flocked to New Buckenham's fete on Monday in the medieval market place.

All the traditional attractions were there, including bowling for a pig, a coconut shy, roll-a-penny, crockery smashing, tombola and guess the weight of the cake contest.

Bank holiday crowds flocked to New Buckenham's fete on Monday in the medieval market place.

All the traditional attractions were there, including bowling for a pig, a coconut shy, roll-a-penny, crockery smashing, tombola and guess the weight of the cake contest.

There were bargains galore on the nearly-new clothing and jumble stalls, as well as a mountain of bric-a-brac and a plant stall.

Children love the fete because there are games for all ages, a bouncy castle and free Punch and Judy show.

Event chairman Clive Rush said: “People come from all over Norfolk and north Suffolk to our fete because of its traditional nature and lovely setting in the market place. “There are no commercial traders because it's all run by the village itself, and the profits are divided between the New Buckenham's church, chapel and village hall.”

More than 50 volunteers ran the stalls, and the village Women's Institute provided refreshments all afternoon.

A busy barbecue was run by the village butcher, and both pubs were open all day. Musical entertainment was provided by New Buckenham Silver Band, which played under the market cross.

And the raffle was drawn as the fete drew to a close

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