Sun Out For Rescheduled St Mary’s Church Fete

The sun came out for the rescheduled St Mary’s parish church fete yesterday.

The annual event in the chaplaincy gardens was postponed from Tuesday when the misty conditions looked likely to put a damper on the day.

Cakes, tombolas and secondhand books did well and Sue Hodgson, who was on the lucky dip stall, said it sold out quicker than they expected.

This year, Fete-goers could purchase a wrapped parcel and see whether it contained any thing they wanted. She said this works better than the usual ‘bran tub’ which can get messy and they’ll probably stick with this next year.

And Sue said she felt this year’s fete eclipse last year’s in turnout.

The entertainment included the Savoy Tango Orchestra playing a medley of songs from the 20s and 30s.

Penzance-based Professor Goodvibes walked around the gardens on three and a half foot stilts before entertaining the crowd with a traditional Punch and Judy show.

He said there’s been a resurgence of interest in the traditional children’s entertainment as this year marks the 350th anniversary of the first recorded performance.

It’s too early to say how much money was raised in total but Sue says the bric-a-brac stall brought in over £200 and the lucky dip sold out quicker than last year and brought in £115.

The money raised goes into a general pot for upkeep of the church.

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