Gislingham summer fete relives English Civil War

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. ANL-160907-210157005
Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. ANL-160907-210157005

The English Civil War was brought to life on the fields of Gislingham Primary School at the weekend, as the annual village summer fete brought in around £3,000.

Approximately 600 people of all ages turned out to the event on Saturday, once again organised by a consortium of five local groups, to enjoy reenactments and weapon demonstrations by regiments of the English Civil War Society.

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. Civil War demonstration by John Brights Regiment of Foote. ANL-160907-210438005

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. Civil War demonstration by John Brights Regiment of Foote. ANL-160907-210438005

During the day, there was also a vintage car display, various stalls, games, tombola and a barbecue, with proceeds from split between the Friends of the school, Friends of Gislingham Church, the WI, the village hall and the local playgroup.

Philippa Read, chair of the Gislingham Summer Fete Committee, said: “It was fantastic. The general reaction is that it’s the best one so far.

“There’s a variety for everybody from the little ones to adults. They felt the atmosphere was really nice.”

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. Civil War demonstration by John Brights Regiment of Foote. ANL-160907-210251005

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. Civil War demonstration by John Brights Regiment of Foote. ANL-160907-210251005

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. ANL-160907-210210005

Gislingham Summer fete at Gislingham VC Primary School. ANL-160907-210210005