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Bracknell News: All the fun of the fair: 20,000 people turn out for Wokingham’s May Day fun

6th May 2015

The annual extravaganza, organised by the town’s Lions Club, drew in more than 15,000 people for a day packed with fun activities.

Families enjoyed everything from negotiating giant inflatable obstacle courses and slides and riding a miniature motorised train to scaling outdoor climbing walls and watching Punch and Judy shows.

Caroline and Kevin Pring, from Wokingham, attended the fayre with their children, four-year-old Noah and three-year-old Mia.

Caroline said: “It is our first time here but we think it is just brilliant.

“It is fantastic that Wokingham organises things like this.

“We only moved from London recently, but this was one of the reasons for us moving.

“The fayre really brings the community together and we are already planning to come again next year.” Dyce Willoughby walked to the fayre with his wife and three children aged one, three and five.

He said: “Our favourite bit was the train ride.

“We also got food, a German-style sausage that was very good.” Friends Pam Painter and Nicky Smith, both from Wokingham, also went along.

Pam said: “It is so lovely to see everyone come out for something like this.

“The weather was beautiful and it is a real family day out.

“I hope that once the (town’s) regeneration is completed, they keep Elms Field because it is a huge asset to Wokingham.

“The stalls and activities in the town centre were also brilliant.” Alongside the activities were a host of stands, some selling foods that ranged from German wursts to curries and traditional South African boerewors sausages.

There were also stalls for the Ollie Young Foundation and Sebastian’s Action Trust charities as well as community groups including the Scouts, Rotary clubs and green-fingered Incredible Edible, a community project aimed at helping people grow fruit and vegetables locally.

Paul Bailey, a member of the Wokingham Lions and chief coordinator of the fayre, said there were more stalls and more activities than any previous year.

He believes that as word spreads about the success of the May Fayre across the South of England more people are expected to get involved.

He added: “It went extremely well.

“We have never seen so many people in the town centre before. It was the biggest May fayre yet.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, there were families sitting in the sunshine enjoying picnics.

“The weather helped us. It was just right. If it’s too hot people tend to stay away or go to the beach.” For more pictures from the day grab your copy of The Wokingham News, out today, for our two-page spread of photos.

Article Source: Bracknell News