Horndon Feast and Fayre reveals true community spirit

HEAVY rain showers did not dampen any spirits at the annual Horndon-on-the-Hill Feast & Fayre, now Thurrock’s largest independent family event, which was voted a great success by the hundreds of stall holders who lined the streets and the thousands who attended.

Highlights of the weekend were a ‘Living History’ encampment staged by Dark Ages re-enactment horndonmacgroup Saeberts Folc, street performances by The Tilbury Majorettes , Palmers College Street Performers and music from The Martyn Claydon Swing Band, Thurrock Spectrum Brass and musical duo Greavsey and May.

The annual flower display centred on the ‘Arthurian Legends’ theme in Horndon’s St Peter and St Paul Parish Church was once again a magnificent spectacle and an assortment of choral and musical performers in the Church gave attendees the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquillity during the course of the weekend.

The winners of the Feast & Fayre’s annual poetry competition were Charlie Bhowmick and Megan Fant from Horndon School, who read out their poems at the opening ceremony conducted by Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe.

“This is a wonderful event which all the family can enjoy and also really brings this community together. But it would not take place without the help of the private sponsors, the stall holders and a group of very hardworking people who voluntarily give up their time to stage the event ,” said Mr Metcalfe.

On Sunday the Hordon 10K, organised by the Rotary Club of Thurrock Gateway, attracted another mammoth entry and the village was packed with families and well-wishers supporting the 545 plus runners who took part.

Feast & Fayre Coordinator Kim Towlson commented: “Once again our community has put together a wonderful event and I am very proud of what we achieved. I am very grateful to our sponsors Connolloys and Nu-Drapes, our supporting organisations such as Biffa and Thurrock Council who helped enormously with the clean-up and off course our small committee who worked so hard in the build-up and over the course of the weekend.”

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