Draycott Fayre 2014 had a hard act to follow after the huge success of the fair last year – but, wow, it managed it brilliantly!
John Clarke and his fantastic team of volunteers not only managed to keep the rain off (how did they do that??) but to put on an event that was thoroughly enjoyable.
The Y Ddraig Viking re-enactment group were, once again, the outstanding element of the day. At times very funny, at times extremely bloodthirsty (!), they even managed, in their encampment, to cook up a very decent barley stew… Their versions of hockey, and of ten-pin bowls, were a revelation.
However, they seemed not to have learnt the lessons of 2013. After being humiliated last year, when they challenged the children of Draycott to battle, they foolishly sought revenge. Once again, they were annihilated. Very sad…
In the marquee, the music from jazz clarinettist Eric Newton kept the party swinging; and the Draycott Women’s Institute sold out of home-made jam by 1pm! (Luckily, there was still marmalade).
Out in the arena, special congratulations must go to Forsbook Girl Guides. They helped master-of-ceremonies John Beardmore to organise the country games, and sportingly took on a men’s side in the grand tug-o-war. The men, who looked very complacent after leading the series 2-0, were quite shaken when the Guides stormed back to take the last rubber. Well done, ladies!
As usual too, there were some fascinating cars buses engines lorries and more in the vintage vehicle rally. Organiser Tom Sales even managed to get a taxi to come along this year.
Meanwhile, out on the main road, a 1950s red double-decker bus, staffed by members of the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, plied its trade up and down the local lanes, picking up ‘passengers’, and taking them to and from the fayre.
An album of lots of photos of the day can be found by clicking here.
When you go to the link, just click the play button to start the slideshow; then we suggest you set the speed at ‘slow’, and don’t forget to click the ‘Show Info’ button to see the captions. Have fun with the memories.
Who were the hardest workers on the day? The dozens of brave volunteers.
Most of them are resident in Draycott and surrounding districts, so it was a truly local set-up.
High up the list of hard workers must come the staff of Draycott Moor College, led by Lee Stanford, who ran the barbecue. The queue for their wares never stopped, and, despite bringing in lots more food than last year, they still had sold out by 3pm!
On the bar Neil Archibald (Archie) and his partner Anita Borasinski had stepped in at the last minute to run it – and the pair managed to keep their cool all afternoon, despite never taking a rest.
Meanwhile, in the tea-tent, the Wibberley extended-family made pot after pot after pot of tea (like it had gone out of fashion!). It’s even possible they made record takings – of around £500-£600.
And John Beardmore of course. Fortunately for all of us, he is feeling on good form at the moment, and he made everything flow smoothly. We all feared the worst when he started to sing – but the grey clouds passed on, and the sun came out again. (…Only joking..!)
Nominate your favourite…
But, there were lots more moments and lots more heroes – which we haven’t mentioned. So, why not nominate your favourite?
Just use the comments-form (at the bottom of this page) – and let the world know just what you thought of the day and its events…
Also, why not let us have your photos? If you have two or three that you think reflect elements of the day, well, just email them to us, and we will try to put them onto our photo gallery.
A good cause
There can be no doubt that thousands of pounds were raised – though the final tally will not be known for a while.
And the profits all go to the repair and maintenance of our medieval & historic church of St Margaret’s. When so much of the history of Draycott village is disappearing, the project to keep St Margaret’s standing and available to our children is surely a good one.
(If it’s been a while since you saw the beautiful interior of the church, don’t forget that the church is open to the public on Saturday August 2nd and Saturday 6th September form 2pm-4pm).
The result of the raffles will be known soon. We’ll let you know the results in a future post on this site.
If you are wondering what happened to the vintage plane that was due to do a fly-over, well, so is everybody else. The thinking is: it might have got lost!
If you have a comment to make about the day – add it in the little comment box further down this page