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Hear ye, hear ye – train rides, ale and bands help raise thousands for good causes

Town Crier David Pearce calls in the crowds to the Petertide Fair

Town Crier David Pearce calls in the crowds to the Petertide Fair

 

About £8,000 was raised for three good causes from Berkhamsted’s Petertide Fair on Saturday.

The town crier brought lots of visitors to the event by waving his gigantic bell around.

Fun attractions for the crowds included steam train rides and face painting for children, Petertide ale and Pimms for grown-ups, ice cream from Elsie’s for everyone and more.

The bric-a-brac stall in itself raised more than £1,000 during the event at St Peter’s Church in the town centre.

There were performances by the Aldbury Morris men, band Stop and Search, the Jolly Jazzers and BURP – the Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players.

Pupils from the town’s Thomas Coram School performed a short concert and there was a barbecue, tea, coffee, cake, and a tombola, raffle and silent auction at the fair.

Event chairman Prunella Murray said: “It went really well. It was busy throughout the day. There were just a couple of short showers, so luckily we did not have to go inside.

“The fair is a really good community occasion for people who live in Berkhamsted.”

All money raised will be split between Berkhamsted’s The Hospice of St Francis and Ashlyns School’s new community sports hall, as well as Ugandan charity Silent Voices.

Silent Voices provides residential sign language summer schools to marginalised deaf children in Uganda’s south west region.

 

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