The population of Eye was swelled at the weekend by hosts of visitors attending a variety of activities at various venues in the town.
The weather fortunately remained fine for the main events including the street activities, stalls and creative walks around the town organised by The Bank, on Saturday, Eye Town Show at the Community Centre and Playing Field on Sunday and the annual Eye Parish Church Art Exhibition and sale of pictures throughout the weekend. The church benefitted from the wet Bank Holiday Monday with visitors crowding into the church to escape the rain.
Organiser of the Town Show, Chris Muttock, said he was “pleased” with the attendance, estimated to be more than 700, the highest since the show began in 2013.
The Open Produce Show presented a colourful array of flowers, vegetables, cookery, photography and art with Roland Copping of Stradbroke gaining a total of 15 first-placed rosettes with his top-quality exhibits.
The dog show was the biggest ever to be organised in Eye with four qualifying events for lurchers and terriers. Show organiser Kim Crispin said dogs had come from all parts of the country to take part and all classes had been well supported, including the fun show.
The Castleton Brass Band created a great atmosphere entertaining visitors enjoying afternoon teas in and outside the marquee with others perusing the car boot and charity stalls, coconut shy, competitions, craft workshops and many other activities suitable for all ages. Children’s sports were organised by Simon Hooton, who would have appreciated a few more entrants.
Chairman of the Playing Field Association, Graham West, and his wife Anne, organised the raffle and a lucky dip draw in which £25 was won by Tillia Daniel.
More than 1,100 visited Eye Church over the weekend for the art exhibition and sale of paintings.
More than 500 pictures in a variety of media were on show of which 93 were sold, the best for several years.
A total of 58 of the 116 artists sold one or more paintings with several others selling unframed work and cards.
It is estimated that proceeds for the Eye Church Restoration Fund will exceed £4,000.
The winner of the painting ‘A Spring Hare’, donated by Kate and Hannah Breach was won by Mr N Cave, with the second prize of £25 going to Annie Goulder.