HURST GREEN: Rain can’t dampen enthusiasm for 50th fete

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Fete - The weather was not kind to this year’s fete, daylight hardly broke and the rain continued all day, but that did not stop Hurst Green’s 50th fete being a fantastic success, enjoyed by all.

The parade was a small one and opening ceremonies had to be moved indoors. David Jacques accompanied Mrs Val Rogerson, who was the first fete queen, on to the stage and introduced her before Mrs Rogerson declared the fete open. Last year’s fete queen Emily Cross-Costello crowned new queen Grace Brown, who was attended by Ceit McLellenan and Katherine Mann.

The traditional races had to be cancelled due to the wet conditions, but this did not stop the first Hurst Green Trail race being well-supported with almost 200 runners. 182 muddy runners crossed the finishing line, the winner being from Wilmslow who completed the five miles in 28 minutes and 51 seconds. The first local runner to finish was Harry Wilkinson whose time was 35 min. 32 secs. Profit from the trail race added over £300 to village fete funds. Thanks were given to Chris Brown for the hard work and energy he put into organising this event.

The Memorial Hall was packed with people playing tombola, buying cakes, winning gold fish and sampling the teas provided by the WI team while they listened to Clitheroe Grammar School Swing Band. Once again, the fete was a village team effort and many people are to be thanked for all they did to make it happen.

Trophy winners: Fr Magill Trophy for most points in the baking and handicraft sections was won buy Julie Macfarlane. Best in Show was a flower arrangment by Frances Ahearne. Royal Baby Cup for most points in the up to eight year-olds was won by Ceit Mclennan. The Mather Shield for most points in the over eight-years classes was won by Matthew Rimmer. The Margaret Martindale Memorial Trophy for best overall children’s entry was won by Megan Wilkinson for painting of the golden goose.

Results. Pet competition: 1st, Tilly the Labrador owned by Charlotte Leach; 2nd, Coco the cockatiel owned by Bill Crotty; 3rd, Poppy the puppy owned by Katie Dowdy.

Fancy Dress: joint 1st, James Canty and Thomas Canty.

Bowling: Pairs Trophy Tony Bolton and Stephen Hayhurst.