All the fun of the fayre

THE line-up of events for this year s Topsham Town Fayre has been decided.

THE line-up of events for this year's Topsham Town Fayre has been decided.

Organisers, at a meeting held last week, determined what features would take place at the annual week-long extravaganza which starts on Saturday, August 22.

Kevin Hack, secretary of the Topsham Town Fayre, said there would be a range of activities and attractions for people of all ages.

"In the context of what takes place in the area throughout the year, the fayre is the biggest week of community events," he said.

The Topsham fayre, which has been running for more than 25 years, is an occasion eagerly anticipated by both those who live in the town and visitors to the area.

Kevin added: "It is a week of festivities where we try to cater for everybody's tastes and, as always, it will culminate in a big carnival procession on the Saturday night.

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"We always have people looking forward to it - we know this through talking to staff at the Globe Hotel.

"They have said that some people book their holidays to specifically coincide with the events of the week. We hope that it turns out to be better than ever this time around."

On Sunday, August 23, there will be an allotment and garden exhibition in Matthews Hall.

A paper artists' competition for children will take place on the Monday morning, followed by bingo in the hall that evening, and a cheese and wine event will be held at the Globe Hotel.

A coffee morning will take place at Topsham Museum on Tuesday and an outside dog show near Matthews Hall in the afternoon.

Kevin said: "Wednesday is the Pubathon, which is a competition for teams who will take part in a whole range of pub-related activities around town.

"A quiz night will be held at the Globe Hotel on Thursday of that week and Topsham Flower Club will host a display at St Margaret's Church.

"The final thing we have is the carnival, to be held on Saturday, August 29.

"The same day the fire station will have an open morning and the swimming pool will hold a number of children's activities.

"In the afternoon there will be a town crier's competition which features criers from all over the country."

Kevin said a new feature at the carnival this year would be a fun run for adults and children.

"After the carnival, a live band will be playing and there will be dancing in the street outside Matthews Hall until 11.30pm in the evening," he explained.