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Mayor gets a soaking at family fun day

Mayor Max Sawyer and Lions president Gill Clarke in the stocks All photos: Alan Walters
Mayor Max Sawyer and Lions president Gill Clarke in the stocks All photos: Alan Walters

It was perfect weather on Sunday, June 1 for the return of the Stamford and District Lions Family Fun Day.

Due to the high temperatures some of the event’s regular supporters such as Guide Dogs for the Blind did not participate as the temperature would be stressful for the dogs. But many families still managed to enjoy the heat and appreciated the fun available.

Thanks to the support of Stamford Town Council there were free pony rides which were very successful and almost 140 children enjoyed the experience.

Also supported by the town council was Circus Whiz, where spinning ribbons, stilt walking and juggling kept the excitement going.

Alisha May on the ladybird ride
Alisha May on the ladybird ride

The family fun day, which was cancelled last year due to unforeseen circumstances, has been part of Stamford Festival for more than 30 years.

This year there was a full afternoon of local musicians, appreciated by an audience of all ages.

Refreshments added to the relaxed atmosphere and cool drinks and ice cream were enjoyed, as well as a hog roast.

The mayor of Stamford Max Sawyer and Lions president Gill Clarke spent an hour in the stocks and were cooled off by the wet sponges thrown at them.

Joshua and Ruby Smith
Joshua and Ruby Smith

Youngsters also found the energy to climb to the top of the bouncy slides and have fun on the rides.

Other attractions included the ferrets, which were as popular as ever, as well as a variety of craft stalls and local and national


RAF Wittering gave their time in this busy weekend to be with us and the Air Cadets of 2071 Squadron helped out all day.

Gill said it was a fabulous weekend for those who attended in the 100th year of the Lions.

She added: “An event like this does not happen without the help of many other individuals and businesses and we would like to thank Ben Hurl for his collection and presentation of excellent local musicians, Graham Starkie with his sound system allowed us to enjoy the music.

“Without the C S Ellis lorries we wouldn’t have had a stage and without the support of residents and visitors to Stamford we would not have had another great family fun day.”

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