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Easton-on-the-Hill village gala at the Blue Bell Pub was a success



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A village gala has been labelled a success as it attracted crowds from 'far and wide'.

From a classic car and bike show, a rodeo and mass line dancing to owners parading their pets in the arena, the Easton-on-the-Hill annual gala had something for everyone.

Following months of organising, the four-day event was hosted at The Blue Bell Pub, Easton-on-the-Hill from Friday last week (August 27) until yesterday (August 30).

The dog show was a success at Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
The dog show was a success at Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters

Tim Nicol, co-ordinator of the Easton gala committee, said: "It went very well.

"After a period of uncertainty on how many people would show up we had four days of record attendance.

"I think everybody was ready for some community celebrations in a relatively safe environment.

Artur Reeve tries out the shooting range at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Artur Reeve tries out the shooting range at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters

"It was a bit like Easton came out of its chrysalis for the weekend."

The weekend marked the first major event in the village since covid restrictions ended.

Along with the fete stalls there was a cricket match, a talent show, bands, a dog show, classic cars, maypole dancing, tug of war, singing and dancing with inflatable horses.

Tim said: "It was all supported very well across the whole four days.

Ian Lawson from the history group at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Ian Lawson from the history group at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters

"We try to cater for slightly different attendees on different days.

"We attracted lots of people outside the village."

He added: "People came from far and wide.

Imogen and Archie Price in a guessing game at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Imogen and Archie Price in a guessing game at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters

"We had visitors camping locally and a lot of people from the Peterborough area.

"People travelled to see their favourite bands."

At the event more than 1,000 raffle tickets were sold which will provide funds for organisations in the village including the bowls club, the history group, the church and the horticultural society.

Imogen and Archie Price in a guessing game at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Imogen and Archie Price in a guessing game at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters

Tim described the event as one of the most successful yet.

Tim said: "Thank you to LUX Technical for the staging and sounds, the Bluebell Pub, all the sponsors and those who donated prizes, and to everybody who volunteered and helped with the set up."

Tara and Mimi Cameron with Puffin who won best in show at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Tara and Mimi Cameron with Puffin who won best in show at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Hollie Johnson with a double win on the tombola at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters
Hollie Johnson with a double win on the tombola at the Easton-on-the-Hill Gala. Photo: Alan Walters


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