Torrential rain during part of Alfriston Festival failed to dampen people’s spirits and saw visitors flock to the village to join in the fun.
The four day event held over four days and culminating with a village fair on the Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) saw bad weather on the Saturday but the sun shone for the best part and on the last day families took part in traditional games and pony rides, a fun fair and musical entertainment were also part of the fun.
The event, which has grown from a village fair to activities being spread over the f our days, included exhibitions, a Family Fun Run, car boot sale, wellie throwing competition, collectors’ car show, a Family Fun Dog Show and more.
Alfriston was recently twinned with the French village Veules-les-Roses and a group visited the festival and brought with it some musical entertainment in the form of jazz band Les Chrustaces.
Most of the fun took place on the village Tye but some activities were held in other venues including the War Memorial Hall and St Andrew’s Church.
Funds raised from the four day affair go to a number of good causes including St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Alfriston War Memorial and Alfriston School.
Rod Young, chairman of the Alfriston Festival committee, said, “The festival is very weather dependant and on the Saturday the weather was not kind to us and the bands went home rather wet.
“But on the Sunday and Monday the sun shone and the crowds turned up and it was all very successful.
“Last year we distributed £10,000 and I would hope we have raised a similar amount this year.”