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Pub fete pulls in the crowds
8:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS turned out to enjoy the sunshine at the Southbrook Inn fete yesterday at the seventh annual community event.
Once again, grandparents Gina and Bob Downing, who have been landlords at the independent Southbrook Inn at Ferndale for the past 26 years, hosted a variety of games, stalls and fairground rides at the pub.
Gina, 58, said: “Anything we raise goes back into the community, such as giving the local Scout group some money. We support the school and the church and what we don’t give away we put towards the Halloween and Christmas parties.
“The people who come along and help are our friends, our regulars and our families. It’s a great community get together. Usually we hold it on the bank holiday weekend but many of our helpers were away so we moved it.”
As well as enjoying the merry-go-round and lucky dip, children could take part in skittles, have a go on the coconut shy and choose from numerous toys on the stalls while parents made use of the bar and relaxed to the tunes booming from the disco speakers set up for the day.
There were bric-a-brac stalls selling items donated from people all around the area, jewellery stands, home-baked cakes, nail-painting and hook-a-duck as well as a raffle and a tombola.
Even the local PCSOs had come along to meet members of the community and join the party.
Beccy Nolan, 35, assistant head at Ferndale Community Primary School and daughter to Gina and Bob, was among the visitors helping out on the day.
She said: “It’s going well, there are lots of people from the school who’ve come along. All the young kids enjoy it and everyone likes to get involved and help out.
“It just brings everyone from the community together. It was set up because there are lots of things in the area but not really much going on here. There was a big drive in the area to bring back the sense of community and this is really all about bringing the community together as well as raise money.”
The Ferndale Residents’ Association, which was set up five years ago, also helped to make the day a big success.
Chairman Matt O’Sullivan, 44, an insurance broker, said: “It’s fantastic for the locals. It brings the whole community together like nothing else I’ve seen and helps raise money for local charities and organisations. It’s wonderful.
“This year the weather was with us, and it has been as good an event as last year, if not better.”
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