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East Grinstead Lions' event is a roaring success

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: May 10, 2012

  • BALLOON MAGIC: Entertainers Mark Griggs and David Pattenden create balloon sculptures at the May Fair

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VOLUNTEERS worked from dawn to dusk to ensure this year's May Fair was a roaring success.

The East Grinstead and District Lions Club pulled out all the stops to organise the bank holiday bash once more, raising in the region of £7,000 for local causes.

Hundreds of people made their way to the High Street, which was closed to traffic, for the event on Monday.

Club secretary Jim Ikin set out at 6am with his son-in-law, Alan Knaggs, to ensure all the correct diversion signs were in place.

He said: "While, as Lions, we raise thousands of pounds from the event each year, there are also lots of other groups and charities on the day that receive donations. That's really what it is all about."

Treasurer Ron Millen added: "The main cause we have been focusing on recently is helping Age Concern with its rebuilding project.

"It benefits a lot of people and we feel if the money is raised locally, it should be spent locally."

Crowds were entertained throughout the day by balloon makers, belly dancers and a performance from inChoir, which raised money for the British Heart Foundation.

The group's musical director, Mark Heppell, said: "The main reason we perform at the May Fair is we just love singing.

"We meet and rehearse every week, but sometimes it's nice to get out and perform in public."

Other events and activities included children's rides, cake stalls and miniature train rides.

East Grinstead tourist information officer Simon Kerr said: "It was a brilliant day and the crowds were wall to wall, probably one of the busiest May Fairs that I can recall.

"The acts performing on the stage area in the High Street got a rousing reaction from the audience and the whole day was a great experience."

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