Food, Fun And Music The Ingredients For Sunday’s Bryher Fete

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It’s Bryher fete this Sunday and organisers will be hoping the good weather that’s forecast will bring out the crowds.

Stallholder Issy Tibbs told us that alongside the ever-popular attractions like the Fortune Teller and Dunk-a-Hunk, this year there’ll also be a kayak race around Green Bay.

Another highlight will be new Bryher band, the Swag Buoys, aka Andrew Huland, Jack Carter and David Dan

Issy says they’ve been building quite a following this summer and it’s a great chance for residents from the other islands to hear their talent.

Almost everyone living on Bryher has some involvement with the fete. But it’s not just residents doing the work.

Lots of visitors book their holidays around the fete and help out on the stalls. Issy says it’s great to have people who come year after year taking part and raising funds for the island.

Issy herself is an old hand at the annual event. Her first memory of it was making popcorn with her dad using a stall he’d built himself from an old wheelbarrow.

But she says these days, she heads straight for the bric-a-bric stall where she’s made some amazing finds over the year.

There’s a ‘Grand Raffle’ this year, with prizes including day tickets on the Scillonian, B&B at Tresco’s New In and artwork by local artists.

It’s all starting earlier than usual, running from 12pm to 3pm. That means there’ll be plenty of time for prize draws at the end and for people to get back to their home islands.

The fete regularly pulls in between 500 and 1000 attendees and money raised will go towards the ongoing running costs of the Bryher community centre.