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Village proves bright and breezy
9:57am Monday 17th September 2012 in News
A VILLAGE fair built on the success of its launch last year to prove even bigger and better second time round.
About 2,000 visitors flocked to Hurworth Grange, near Darlington, on Saturday to enjoy the Hurworth Country Fair, which saw entertainment and activities span three arenas and one stage.
The weather nearly took its toll when gazebos put up on Friday blew down before the event opened but, thanks to an early start by a group of volunteers, the venues were resurrected and the fair went on to be a big success.
Keith Sandick, manager of Hurworth Grange Community Centre and a key organiser, said: “We can laugh about it now, but it wasn’t funny at the time when everything blew down.
“Thankfully, on Saturday, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.
“There were lots of different things going on all day and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Mr Sandick thanked fellow organiser and trustee of the centre, Peter Allan, as well as all the volunteers and those who contributed to the event, particularly the RAF cadets who marshalled throughout the day.
He said: “The trustees and volunteers did an amazing job. Without them, it wouldn’t happen.”
Attractions at the fair included dog classes, music, stalls and demonstrations by local clubs.
Mr Sandick said he fully expects the event to be staged again next year.