Summer fun for Hadleigh

PARTY spirit has been re-kindled in Hadleigh.The town has pulled together to stage a grand Street Parade and Fair, which is set to be a weekend of family fun.

PARTY spirit has been re-kindled in Hadleigh.

The town has pulled together to stage a grand Street Parade and Fair, which is set to be a weekend of family fun.

July's event replaces the Hadleigh Carnival, which was cancelled last year through lack of support.

But after the success of the town's Christmas Festival and Fair, Hadleigh Entertainments Committee has decided to set the ball rolling for a summer event.

Nations of the World is the theme and organisers are looking for people to dress up in authentic costumes to join in the parade.

Stalls, street entertainment, music, games and amusements are set to entertain the crowds.

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Caroline Foster, co-secretary of HEC with Elaine Root, said: "It will be a weekend of fun and entertainment.

"The town was buzzing for days after the Christmas Street Fair and people were talking about it for weeks.

"It showed people did miss having a community event.

"The Hadleigh Entertainments Committee took over where the Hadleigh Lions left off in trying to organise events for the whole family.

"We wanted to steer away from the carnival as such because some people feel they have had their day and because it has not had the support in the past.

"There was enough enthusiasm for people to want to do something in the town but obviously it needs a large group of people to put something together."

It is hoped the parade and fair will become an annual event.

Other activities planned include a quiz night in the town Hall on Friday 18 July, live music at Layham Road Sports Ground on Saturday 19 and a car boot sale on Magdalen Road Car Park on Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm followed by the parade at 2 pm.

The parade starts from Station Road and goes via Magdalen Road, Angel Street through the High Street and Market Place and ending at Toppesfield Hall Car Park. Prizes will be given for the best dressed person or group.

The Hadleigh Entertainments' Committee involves representatives from a cross section of the local community.

Hadleigh's Mayor Richard Whiting and the town council have backed the event. Mr Whiting said: "The Christmas Fair was a terrific success there must have 3,000 people there.

"It is good for the town and is about bringing the community together."

Those interested in holding a stall, taking part in the parade or wanting to entertain the crowds should contact Elaine Root on 01473 – 823884 between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm Monday to Friday or Caroline Foster on 01473 – 827238 anytime.

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