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Friday, 31 October 2014

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A busy buzz at St Bees

A GROUP of Minions were the stars of the show at St Bees village fete.

The pre-school children from St Bees Village School dazzled the crowd on their float inspired by the characters from Despicable Me during the fete along with many other impressive characters.

A box of popcorn, the World Cup and a pirate were among those who took part in the parade which was hailed a success by organisers.

Laura Storey, senior teacher at the school, said: “It was a huge success. The weather was brilliant and everyone had a fantastic time. We are so grateful to everyone who came and supported us.”

After the procession, the entertainment moved to the school field with several stalls set up. There were children’s games, local bands, groups and choirs and the popular tug-of-war competition which was won by the Queen’s Hotel.

St Bees resident Phil Hughes, who enjoyed the day with his family, said: “It was a fantastic day. It’s a credit to the commitment and hard work of the organisers and it was such an enjoyable day – the children all enjoyed it and the adults did too.”

Staff from the Queen’s Hotel worked free of charge throughout the day in the beer tent to support the event. All the proceeds were donated to the Village School Association.

Landlord Mark Smedley said: “The fete is an important event for St Bees. We see ourselves as the community pub in the village and want to help in any way we can.”

Zoe Crossan, chair of the St Bees Village School Association, said thanks were due to everyone who were involved in the event and supported it.

Special thanks went to key organiser Ann James, Howard Cooper and Lee Shackley for organising the music acts, Clare Rickerby, for the hot food and The Queens Hotel.

Parade and fancy dress winners:

Floats: Pre-School dressed as Minions; Walking Groups: Brownies celebrating their 100th Birthday; Pre-School: Isla Alisha; Reception: Summer Shackley; Year 1: Coco Crossan as a box of popcorn; Year 2: Lewis Park; Year 3: Catherine and Jenna as Lambing Live; Year 4: Harry and Molly Messenger; Year 5: Lewis Gascoigne as the Tardis; Year 6: Holly Francis; Adults: Steven Shackley as Rod Hull and Emu.

Tug of War Shield: Queens Hotel team.

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