Verwood Rotary Rustic Fayre 2012 – A report

Olympic Torch draws in the crowds

The Olympic Torch made a surprise appearance at this year’s Verwood Rotary Rustic Fayre, despite the looming bad weather.

Fayre-goers were treated to a glimpse at the famed Olympic Torch as local woman, Emma Lewis, 37, processed it around the main arena on Monday 27 August.

Ms Lewis, who carried the flame in the Olympic Torch relay, was later available for photographs where donations were collected on behalf of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

It was a slow start as the gloomy sky threatened to ruin the day’s events but crowds of up to 3,500 gathered in spite of slight showers throughout the day.

Chairman Vern Harris, 57, said: “After weeks of uncertainty we were blessed with the best we could hope for.

“It was quieter than previous years but I guess that was only to be expected given the forecasts, but everyone I saw as very positive and enjoyed the day.”

The annual Fayre was chock-a-block with entertainment and approximately 75 stalls providing fun for all ages.

A car boot sale was a popular attraction, as was an impressive turn out of around 250 vintage cars and steam engines.

The many stalls included gifts made out of driftwood, tarot card readings and locally made jam with a bake-off adding a competitive edge.

Entertainment included Tae Kwon-Do displays, terrier dog racing and a performance from Andy the Clown.

Profits from the Fayre raised around £9,000 and will be donated to local charitable causes.

Mr Harris stated: “We will be picking up the pieces over the coming weeks and reviewing the causes that we are able to support.  These will be announced in due course.”

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