| Press Release - 5 May 2009
MAYPOLE DANCERS MARK THE START OF MAY
All eyes were on the maypole dancers last weekend as they celebrated the arrival of May at the 2009 Duton Hill May Day Sunday Fun Day.
Hundreds attended the family-oriented afternoon, organised in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE), enjoying non-stop entertainment including line dancing by the Studs and Stars, a performance by Russian belly dancer "Vlada" and a fun dog-show.
Sponge throwing, splat-the-rat and plate smashing stalls gave children the chance to let off steam, with cakes, bric-a-brac, bottle, plants and book and refreshment stalls for those looking for a more sedate afternoon.
Master of ceremonies Alan Spinks kept the pace high with plenty of banter and commentary, under the watchful eye of Derek Connell, landlord of the Three Horseshoes in whose garden the event was held. The Friends of the Five Parishes organised a raffle for the event, led by Angela Harbottle, with prizes donated by Michael Goulding.
Duton Hill is at severe risk from proposals for enlarging the airport and its residents would be badly overflown if plans for a second runway were to go ahead.
Speaking at the Fun Day, SSE Chairman Peter Sanders said: "The people of Duton Hill have recently been very active in their support of SSE, with three highly successful events - Showtime at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford, Quiz Night and most recently the May Day Sunday Fun Day - raising almost £7000 in total towards our fighting fund. We are sincerely grateful for their support."
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Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091, firstname.lastname@example.org