Glorious Weather Draws Crowds for St Mary’s Church Fete

The sun was out for the St Mary’s Parish Church fete yesterday and that helped attract the crowds.

Islanders and visitors filled the Chaplaincy Gardens for an afternoon of food, drink, raffles and entrainments, including hook-a-duck and a Punch and Judy show.

Some attendees were happy just to sit down and soak up the sun listening to the sounds of the Red Sayles Orchestra.

Sue Hodgson helps to organise the event and says the money raised yesterday will go into a general fund to pay for parish church running costs. And there were plenty of novel ways on show to bring in the funds.

Toby Dalton was wearing a woollen dressing gown and pyjamas as he wandered around with a Scilly bear asking people to pay to guess its name. It was actually called Taffy and none of the 50 entrants guessed that, but Jono Grossett won the toy as he was nearest.

Canon Peter Walker made £40 by sporting a painted face that made him look like a lion.

Jane Chiverton on the book stall told us that the kid’s books were quickly snapped up but the big collection of Mills and Boon romantic novels weren’t a hit – but she didn’t expect them to go anyway!

You can see photos from the fete in our gallery here.