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Weather doesn’t stop Hoar Cross fete

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A VILLAGE fete-inspired summer fair has helped a nursing home near Uttoxeter smash its fund-raising target.

Family, friends, staff and residents defied the bad weather to help Hoar Cross Nursing Home raise £1,700 towards more activities and new equipment for residents.

The Summer Fair, which was opened by East Staffordshire mayor Ron Clarke, attracted nearly 300 visitors throughout the day with people enjoying the theme.

A miniature steam engine tractor and the old Rolls Royce Silver Ghost proved the main hits of the classic and vintage car show, while Hoar Cross Hall put on treatments designed to refresh and relax.

Folk band The Crooked Bawbees and the Uttoxeter Brass Band provided the music with dancing from the Uttoxeter Morris Men.

General manager Kathy Cleaver said: “We try to make these events as inclusive as possible and this was reflected in the different ages of people who attended, from babies and toddlers to teenagers, adults and our oldest resident – Dorothy Holdway – aged 100.

“The weather wasn’t the best, but everyone appeared to put it to the back of their minds and continued to enjoy the fun, games and refreshments. The staff tell me the cream teas and strawberries were close to selling out.

“The fair is important to us as it allows the community to see what we do and to meet our residents. It’s also our main fund-raising activity for the League of Friends and I’m pleased to say we raised £1700.”

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