THUNDER and rain did not stop villagers near Uttoxeter enjoying a summer fete – while raising £2,000 for the upkeep of the church.
Organisers of Sudbury Fete had to make some last minute changes after the predicted heavy rain hit the village at the weekend, with stalls moved inside and some of the outside attractions had to be cancelled.
However, this did not stop it from being a success and residents braved the weather to show their support.
Attractions included stalls, tombola, coconut shy, a grand raffle, book stall, children’s face paint and races as well as bowling, gifts, lucky dip and home-made refreshments.
The event was raising money towards the upkeep of All Saints Church, in the village.
Alan Smith, who was one of the organisers, told the Advertiser it was still a fun day for everyone who attended.
He said: “The preparations for the fete were progressing well until the predicted change in the weather and the rain started.
“Due to the condition of the access route and the deterioration of the ground, it was decided to cancel the Tutbury Band (a major disappointment) and other outside attractions to ensure those vehicles on the site could leave at the end of the event.
“As many stalls as possible were moved inside the marquee making it somewhat cramped but spirits remained high.
“The number of attendees was down due to the inclement weather but stall stalwarts and casual visitors prevented it from being a washout and a good time was had by all.
“We raised £2,000 for the Sudbury Church funds.
“We would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to make it the success it was.
“The sun did shine on the fete in the end and we did quite well.”