With wonderful weather, a constant flow of visitors and a great atmosphere, committee chair Sue Blower declared that this year’s Montgomery Street Fair was one of the best yet.
Broad Street was lined with stalls with local arts and crafts, food and drink, antiques and gifts, textiles, woodwork and metalwork, cakes and bakes, plants, and local information. A packed-out schedule of talented performances entertained the crowds throughout the day. Music danced across the Fair and mingled with the chitter chatter, coming and goings and exotic smells from the stalls.
Sally Gartell and her Dance Academy were out of this world; Monty Folk band excelled themselves; Nigel Rowlands from Berriew carried everyone into a melodic world of pop, country and western; and The Mike Blakesley Trio entertained with jazz.
The afternoon and evening heard songs from John Brown, Jamie Goodchild and his sister Nicola, and a host of young people demonstrating their own musical prowess. This was all rounded off with a fabulous classical piano performance from Stuart Jones.
The Street Fair was officially opened by Montgomery Mayor Jill Kibble and the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Tim Young and Nicola Goodchild. Tim commented, “It was really memorable and such an honour to perform the official opening. Thanks for welcoming us to the Fair.”
Town Crier Sue Blower was the indefatigable master of ceremonies throughout the day. A surprise visit from Mary Poppins (a tribute act from Nicola Goodchild @MaryPoppinsTributeUk) provided a phenomenal show to entertain everyone, and the practically perfect lady herself also wished a happy birthday to some special children.
Daphne Morris commented, “Well done to all the people that worked so hard to make the day so good from beginning to end. We really needed a day like this to lift our spirits after a few years away. Bravo. Well worth the entrance donation.” And Ruth Moucharafieh agreed, saying, “It was such a wonderful day! Huge thankyous to all who worked so hard to make it happen, and a great job done by Sue holding the events all together.”
At the same time as the Street Fair was taking place, another special event was also happening in the Town Hall - Sarah Gore and Sam Bird were tying the knot! Once the ceremony was completed, the happy couple walked out of the Town Hall into Broad Street to be greeted by tremendous applause from the assembled crowds, adding to what was a very special day all round.
At 5pm, the committee of the annual Montgomery Show sent their “Ping Pong Plunge” down the hill from the castle road which was tremendous fun. This ping pong ball race with cash prizes is a fundraiser whose ticket proceeds help run the Show.
Street Fair committee chair, Sue Blower, said, “Thanks to everyone who contributed on the day, in Broad Street and behind the scenes, and those who set up beforehand and cleaned up afterwards; also to the very small and hard working committee and local volunteers.” She added, “If you managed to attend and enjoyed your day, or have any suggestion where we can improve, please message us. We are looking to hand over this event to a new organising group and will be calling a community meeting to arrange this.” Sue concluded, “A truly great event in our lovely Town of Montgomery. Thanks to everyone who attended - and thanks for the great weather!”
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