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image Press Release - 4 May 2010


The annual Mayday Funday Sunday at Duton Hill made a real splash this weekend when, despite the cold and showers, hundreds turned out for the community celebrations during the course of the day.

The event started with a parade through the village followed by the grand opening of the fete in the gardens of the Three Horseshoes Pub by Five Parishes vicar the Reverend Ivy Crawford. Ivy's official duties included judging the children's 'mythical beings' fancy dress competition.

Activities continued throughout the afternoon with traditional maypole and line dancing, magic show and fun dog display. Stalls of every kind were manned by a 50-strong team of volunteers offering everything from books to bric-a-brac, face-painting, plate smashing and raffle, plus the ever-popular tombola, refreshment and plant stands. Once again, the BBQ was organized by the Duton Hill Yacht Club.

The proceeds of this year's event - around 1200 - are to be donated to the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust and Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE).

SSE's Campaign Director, Carol Barbone, praised the organizers of the event, saying: "It was marvellous to see the community come together to celebrate the start of May in such a wholehearted and enthusiastic way, in spite of the very challenging weather. Enormous thanks are due to all those who contributed so much towards its success, not least pub landlord Derek Connell and his trusty master of ceremonies for the day, Alan Spinks."


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Carol Barbone, Campaign Director, SSE: M 0777 552 3091 & cbarbone@mxc.co.uk

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