Banstead May Fayre brings in the crowds despite rain
THERE was dancing in the rain as crowds defied the gloom to enjoy Banstead's annual May Fayre.
Around 2,000 people flooded a temporarily pedestrianised High Street to enjoy the parade, followed by dancing, music and the crowning of this year's two May queens in the All Saints Church Orchard on Saturday.
Organiser Karen Standish said: "It was not the best weather but it was incredible that all the schools and groups turned out and still did their dancing.
"It was wet and cold but despite that, everyone seemed to really have a good time and be in a very good mood, so it was lovely. I was amazed how many people came, it just shows how popular it is.
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"The orchard did get very muddy, but everyone carried on."
Now in its 27th year the May Fayre featured all the local schools, including maypole dancing by children from St Anne's Catholic Primary School and country dancing from Banstead Infant School. Other groups entertaining the crowds included the Redhill Corps of Drums, the East Surrey Morris Men and the Surrey Pipe Band.
Rolling road blocks were in place as the May Queen Parade made its way from the United Reformed Church in Fiddicroft Avenue to kick off the event. Members of 4th Banstead Guides were more prepared for the wet weather than others – they took part as a giant canoe.
Attention then turned to the orchard for the crowning of May queens Amber-Jade Standish, 13, and sister Holly, 11. As is tradition, their mum chaired this year's May Fayre committee.
"The fayre is a great community day to keep the May queen tradition going in the village," said Mrs Standish. "It was the first time we have had two May queens because my two wanted to do it together. They loved it, but their shoes were ruined!"
Any profits made this year will go to The Children's Trust.