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Photo Feature: Blackheath May Fayre – Another Year, Another Resounding Success

Published on: 3 May, 2016
Updated on: 5 May, 2016

Anyone wanting to see an example of a successful village fair needed to go no further than Blackheath this weekend. Crowds of people, mainly families, enjoyed their traditional array of stalls and amusements.

Maypole dancing, live music, splat a rat, bric-a-brac, Tombola, Bouncy castle, cake stalls, cream teas, test your strength, and much more.

Many of the attractions proved so popular that patient queues formed.

At one stall a petition was being raised to support moves to save the village pub, The Villagers, which has been closed for some time now. If the fair is anything to go by they stand a good chance of success.

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What can be more English than maypole dancing, especially charming when conducted by young children? Is that the Queen of the May in the centre, beating the time with a tambourine?

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Here she is, Scarlett – preparing, it seems, for her modelling career. She was not the official Queen of the May but she did a pretty good job anyway. The floral headdress made by Mum, of course.

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And her is Scarlett again. Shame she could not have found a more colourful companion! Scarlett’s verdict on the fair: “‘I loved the bouncy castle. It was very bouncy.”

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There were various live music acts. Here Charlotte Maggs sings Feeling Good. Very appropriate for the occasion. Charlotte comes from Blackheath and has recently appeared with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Albert Hall.

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Not everyone knows that Blackheath is famous for its fishing.

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Cream teas at the Village Hall were delicious and popular. This photo taken just before the rush.

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A bouncy slide + small boys = fun!!

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And here is the “really bouncy”, bouncy castle.

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An older boy + bric-a-brac = a serious business, by the look of it.

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Soapy bitter? Certainly sir…

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Covering your face and hands with candy floss – it’s a rite of passage!

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Attending the fair also made it possible to view the remarkable interior of St Martin’s Chapel.

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Well done Blackheath! The fair seemed as well attended as ever and gave everyone as much fun too.



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