PHOTOS: Harborough Summer Fayre

Fun...Andrew Deathridge 6, Ellie Miller 8, Mini Mansell, Nyriah Fox 5 and Billy Fordham 6.
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Fun...Andrew Deathridge 6, Ellie Miller 8, Mini Mansell, Nyriah Fox 5 and Billy Fordham 6. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

It takes someone with real organising flair to put on a major event like a Summer Fayre.

Fortunately, Market Harborough has a few of these rare individuals - like Juliette Maher and friends.

David Beevor, Jude Beevor 3, Sophie Neal 5, Amy Neal, Sienna Neal 8 months and Angela Bradshaw during the teddy bears picnic at the summer fayre.
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David Beevor, Jude Beevor 3, Sophie Neal 5, Amy Neal, Sienna Neal 8 months and Angela Bradshaw during the teddy bears picnic at the summer fayre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Juliette, a PA at a local financial company, thought the town lacked a summer holiday family event - and that she could be the one to put that right.

And this year’s Summer Fayre attracted around 2,000 people to Harborough Rugby Club on a warm summer Sunday.

“This year was brilliant” said Juliette. “People were queuing to get in at 11am, and we were still going strong at 7pm.

“We won’t know how much we raised for two or three weeks, but I’m expecting to give at least £1,000 each to HFM and to Rainbows Children’s Hospice.”

Lewis Parker 9 and Charlie Eyre 8 enjoying the summer fayre.
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Lewis Parker 9 and Charlie Eyre 8 enjoying the summer fayre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

And what was the inspiration for the Fayre?

“I just thought it would be good to put on a summer event in Market Harborough that the family could come out for, and it wouldn’t cost them the earth” said Juliette.

“Something they could spend all day at if they wanted to.

“And, well, I just like organising things...”

True blues...Nathan, Mason 5, Mitchell 7 and Naomi Butler.
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True blues...Nathan, Mason 5, Mitchell 7 and Naomi Butler. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

So with a committee including husband John Maher, Polly Garfield-Thomas, Alex Gratrix, Linda Pentland and Deborah Kirk, the Summer Fayre was launched.

Entry was £4, but under-10s got in free,

This year’s highlights included a ticket giveaway by Leicester Tigers rugby players, a Spitfire flypast and a very popular Circus Workshop.

There was also a Dog Show, an animal and reptile handler, a Teddy Bears Picnic and an Owl display.

Tony McCarthy with a meekat and visitors Patience 8 and Serenity Dove 3.
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Tony McCarthy with a meekat and visitors Patience 8 and Serenity Dove 3. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Juliette said: “There were also a lot of people sitting round the stage on the deck chairs - we had seven bands, all local artists.”

Musicians included the Harborough Band, Ann Marie Marlow and Ann Duggan.

The Summer Fayre last year was smaller, and affected by rain.

This year, with marquees providing extra cover, the weather was perfect, and the crowds bigger.

“This year was massive” said Juliette. “We had 78 stalls, for example.

“I think even people helping us set up on Saturday morning, didn’t realise the scale of it.

Judge Jo Hesford with left, Best of Show winner Tom Heggs 11 with Buddy and runner up Luke Chapman with Max.
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Judge Jo Hesford with left, Best of Show winner Tom Heggs 11 with Buddy and runner up Luke Chapman with Max. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“People were surprised at how big it has got.”

Ellie O'Brien of Ellisa Orginals with Benjamin Dougan 8, Axel Jordan 4 and Lily Penrice 9.
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Ellie O'Brien of Ellisa Orginals with Benjamin Dougan 8, Axel Jordan 4 and Lily Penrice 9. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Sarah Hant with Nima who came fourth with the most wggiest tail at the summer fayre.
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Sarah Hant with Nima who came fourth with the most wggiest tail at the summer fayre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Milnes and Pickering families enjoying the summer fayre.
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Milnes and Pickering families enjoying the summer fayre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Welford meets fans during the summer fayre at Market Harborough Rugby Club.
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Welford meets fans during the summer fayre at Market Harborough Rugby Club. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Face painting...Leo Grundy-Walker 7 and Sonya Moran.
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Face painting...Leo Grundy-Walker 7 and Sonya Moran. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER