THEY had a record breaking Feast & Fayre at the weekend with thousands of people crowds flocking to the village to enjoy the crafts, music and entertainment.
Highlights included: re-enactment group Saeberts Folc, who demonstrated Viking crafts and some entertaining mock battles; music from Thurrock Spectrum Brass and the Martin Clayden Swing Band; a highly enjoyable music night at The Swan Pub; and a glorious flower festival in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, which reflected the theme of the event – The Historic River Thames. On Sunday the annual 10K race sponsored by RWE NPower smashed records with 597 runners taking part.
The event was officially opened by local MP Stephen Metcalfe alongside Thurrock Mayor Tony Fish. Former Horndon resident Sir Graham Bright, now Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, once again took to the microphone to compere Saturday’s proceedings. The event concluded on Sunday with the annual tug-of-war contest between the two village pubs The Swan and The Bell. The Swan triumphed by 2 pulls to 1.
Feast & Fayre Co-ordinator Kim Towlson commented: “Once again Horndon put on a fantastic show. The wonderful weather helped a lot, but to have the village packed to the gills on both days enjoying the festivities and attractions was very heart-warming. I think we had more people here than ever before. There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone got into the spirit of a perfect village event. On behalf of our generous sponsors, stallholders, entertainers and visitors, I would like to thank the small handful of volunteers who freely give up their time pull this event together and help to make it so special.”