Berkhamsted Petertide Fair guests treated to surprise fly-past

12-550    Petertide at St.Peter's Church, Berkhamsted. Jessica Stace, aged eleven, and brother Daniel, eight.
12-550 Petertide at St.Peter's Church, Berkhamsted. Jessica Stace, aged eleven, and brother Daniel, eight.
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SCORES gathered in the grounds of a town centre church on Saturday, helping to raise £8,900 for two charities at its annual fete.

The highlight of the Petertide Fair was an impromptu fly-past by a group of helicopters returning from the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour parade in Whitehall, London.

12-550    Petertide at St.Peter's Church, Berkhamsted. Shaun Boylan and daughter Esme, five, go for a train ride.

12-550 Petertide at St.Peter's Church, Berkhamsted. Shaun Boylan and daughter Esme, five, go for a train ride.

Church-goer Judith Limbert, of Lombardy Drive, Berkhamsted, said: “They came right over the fair and they were flying really low as well.

“There were four or five of them, including a Chinook. It was really loud.”

Games at the fete in St Peter’s Church, High Street, Berkhamsted, included miniature train rides, a bottle tombola and coconut shy.

There were also sales of the specially-brewed Petertide Ale, Pimms, hot dogs, homemade cakes, candy floss and plants.

Fair chairman Pru Murray said: “It was a really nice, traditional fair and everyone seemed to be chatting, drinking and enjoying the event.”

The fete was opened by the Ashlyns School Samba Drummers and local Air Cadets.

There were Punch and Judy shows and performances by Berkhamsted opera soprano Kathryn Jenkins, Mr Kite’s Benefit Band, Freedom Espress, the Aldbury Morris Men and Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players.

Children from The Thomas Coram Middle School did some African drumming and Victoria First School pupils danced in front of fair audiences.

Profits will be split between Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care and the Nepali Children’s Trust.

The trust will use its share of the cash to fund medical equipment for a disabled children’s home called the New Life Centre, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

So far this year, St Peter’s Church has raised £14,500 for the two charities.