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Going over the top at Woolsery Street Fayre
Balloon bombs and parachuting teddies launched from the top of All Hallows Church tower were just a couple of fun events at the Woolsery Street Fayre 2005 which was held on Saturday July 5th, a glorious sunny day which ensured the annual event attracted crowds from far and wide. As usual, the main street was closed to traffic for the day and decorated with colourful banners and bunting. Stalls were pitched along the length of the street to the Village Square where the Two Rivers Wind Ensemble played rousing music in their smart blue and white uniforms. This is traditionally a fund raising event where the whole community gets involved and this year events included open-air skittles, horse racing, "how long", "how many" "how far" guessing games, raffles and face painting. You could sit and have your nails painted at one end of the street or take a trip up the Church Tower for a £1at the other. Both England and North Devon Caps and Flags were on sale together with interesting home-made gifts such as colourful hand-painted children's wellington boots. In addition you could buy burgers on buns, ice cream, home-made cakes and pasties, flowers, herbs, plants & produce. Delicious cream teas were also available. One of the highlights of the day was the colourful tableau created by the children who lined up in the square in their spectacular fancy dress outfits and colourful masks. To the right Captain Hook, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, tiny Tinkerbells, little princesses, mini & minor Robin Hoods were the favoured costumes for the Fancy Dress Competition whilst to the left the judges decided on which children had designed the most scary or imaginatively decorated mask. While the band played on an announcement was made for "All Teddies to the Tower" and after a short delay, whilst the participants were rounded up, teddy bears with mini parachutes were flung from the Church Tower to the delight of the crowds below. This was followed by cascading balloons which seemed even brighter in contrast to the grey of the medieval tower. If you know which teddy or balloon went the furthest let us know! No teddies were hurt during the filming of this fair!!
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