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Sticking to tradition proves a success at Roydon Fete




Youngsters loved the bouncy castle.
Youngsters loved the bouncy castle.

More than 300 people attended a village fete last Monday, with organisers delighted by the turnout.

It was the second time the Roydon Church and Village Fete has been held after villagers decided to bring back the tradition last year.

Stalls, games and activities, including remote control cars, Tin Pan Alley and music from the Deneside Ramblers, were all on the menu, as well as a café and a presentation from the history inside the village hall.

Kubilay Bolat, six, with firefighters Dave Clements and Paul Leader from Diss fire station.
Kubilay Bolat, six, with firefighters Dave Clements and Paul Leader from Diss fire station.

The fete was organised by Mark Emsden, Kirsty Laifa and Peter Knight, Roydon Doughnut Church and other supporters.

Mark Emsden said: “Last year, it was held on a boiling hot day and we had a great turnout. So when they predicted rain, we were a bit worried.

“We were pleasantly surprised by how many people came, even though the weather wasn’t as good. We would like to thank all who made it happen and all who came along to keep the tradition alive.

Fete organisers Mark Emsden, Kirsty Laifa and Peter Knight.
Fete organisers Mark Emsden, Kirsty Laifa and Peter Knight.

“Our man aim was to raise community spirit. We will also be donating the money collected to local groups.”

A fire engine from Diss Fire Station and a bouncy castle proved popular. Groups helping out included Roydon Early Years and Roydon Brownies.

“It was great to see so many people,” said Charlie Knight, who runs Inflata-Fun Bouncy Castle Hire.

Lewis and Peter Rackham served at the Candy Floss stall.
Lewis and Peter Rackham served at the Candy Floss stall.

More pictures in the current edition of the Diss Express (May 10 edition), out now



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