Thursday, June 20, 2024

Swift times set for Horndon Feast and Fayre

Horndon Hill

WITH under month to go the countdown has begun to this year’s annual Horndon-on-the-Hill Feast & Fayre which will be staged in the village over the weekend of June 24th & 25th.

This year the theme of the event will be Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels in honour of long term Horndon-on-the-Hill resident Godwin Swift, a descendant of the renowned Anglo-Irish writer.

Highlights of the weekend will include, the Horndon 10K, a flower festival in Horndon Parish Church, music and street entertainment and the annual tug-of-war contest between the two village pubs The Bell and The Swan. There will also be performances by The Complete Commedia Company from stories collected by Thurrock residents as part of the Thurrock 100 Tales programme and art displays in line with the 2017 Thurrock Art Trail. Local bands will perform behind at the Swan on the Saturday night away in the Swan.

Event spokesperson Nigel Sergent said: “Over the years this event has always benefited from a theme, often based around a connection to our village and 2017 is no exception. This year we are celebrating the life and work of the distinguished and prolific Anglo–Irish writer Jonathan Swift, whose descendant Godwin Swift resides in Horndon-on-the-Hill.

“Godwin and his wife Hazel have a library of books and artefacts chronicling the life and works of Swift, who was most famous for his famous children’s book Gulliver’s Travels, which introduced the little people of Lilliput to 18th century readers and has captivated people of all ages since.

“Had he ever visited Horndon-on-the-Hill, we feel sure Jonathan would have loved the history of our village and, you never know, he may have been inspired to write one of his compelling tales or poems after a visit to The Bell or The Swan!”

Event coordinator Kim Towlson added: “The Feast & Fayre is one of the highlights of the Essex summer calendar and represents a perfect opportunity for traditional crafts people and charities to sell their wares. Our event always attracts thousands of people over the course of the weekend and is regarded as a wonderful day out for families. Stallholders, especially those plying traditional crafts always do well.”

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