Fayre get underway

PUBLISHED: 15:03 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23: TOPSHAM Town Fayre kicked off the celebrations with the music of jazz down the high street and the crowning of the Topsham Queen. The festivities began with music on the Quay by the Chris Stuckey Band and the highlight of the weekend was Topsham Flower an

TOPSHAM Town Fayre kicked off the celebrations with the music of jazz down the high street and the crowning of the Topsham Queen.The festivities began with music on the Quay by the Chris Stuckey Band and the highlight of the weekend was Topsham Flower and Vegetable Show.The crowning of the Topsham royal family was cancelled at the weekend because of torrential rain but Queen Lucy Thomas, 13, Princess Robin Wilson, 9, and Princess Brogan White, 10, were crowned at the Town Fayre bingo, at Matthews Hall, on Monday.Queen Lucy spent two months raising £500 for the raffle and will be in a procession every Saturday for the next two months.The Flower and Vegetable Show organised by Topsham allotments and gardens drew unusual flower arrangements and hundreds of people waiting to buy some of the delicious, local produce available.Shirley Hack, chairman of the Town Fayre, said: "Everyone is getting involved, the town loves it."The pavement painting event was very well attended and the dog show."The week was one of croquet challenges and children's pavement paintings, drawing out the Topsham population to join in the festivities and even participate in the shows.On Tuesday, Topsham museum hosted a summer market and coffee morning.A dog show demonstrating the waggiest tail and dog most like owner prizes was a thrill for the children and animal-lovers.The famous pub-a-thon was yesterday (Wednesday) with hardcore pub-lovers enjoying an evening of games for adults around the historic pubs of Topsham.Exeter City Councillor Rob Newby, Topsham ward, said: "It's been a tradition for a very long time. It's good for the economy, it encourages people to join in and it's good for families."We are the only carnival left within the Exeter boundary.

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