Cuckoo Fayre

By Kate Fleming
The sun shone and the weather was dry for The Independent State of Cuckfield Cuckoo 
Fayre on May Bank Holiday Monday. An event, which lives or dies on the unpredictability of our island climate, once again managed to be successful.
     The Mayor, Rob Helliwell, arrived at the Recreation Ground in a 1971 Rolls Royce and officially opened the Fayre. The stalls had already been set up to sell a range of produce, and there were raffle prizes to be won and plenty to eat and drink. 
     The Village Band entertained the crowds and the Central Arena celebrated the talent, skills and dedication of the youth of our community.
     The Karate group presented their martial art in an informative and highly disciplined way, demonstrating the importance of effective self-defence and physical awareness.
     BPM is a Dance School which provides opportunities for local children to street dance. Their performance was energetic, exciting and well presented to a large crowd of supporters and enthusiasts. The young dancers filled the arena with skill and commitment, confidence and fun, and were a credit to Cuckfield.
     The Punch and Judy Show attracted a large audience of both old and young, who were all absorbed as Mr Punch sorted Judy and the baby out and encouraged them to participated vigorously in his decisions – oh no you won’t... oh yes you will!
     The ever popular Dog Show, organised by The Mews Vets in Haywards Heath, was extremely well supported. There were dogs in all categories, handsomest, shiniest and waggiest tailest. There were fancy dress pirates, cops and robbers, peacocks and Bo Peep dogs, but Bonnie the golden labrador came through as the best of show and the cutest of puppies.
     A really successful village Fayre, which draws people from all over Sussex but is special to the villagers of Cuckfield.

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