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Villagers take time out to enjoy popular summer festival




The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success All photos: Lee Hellwing
The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success All photos: Lee Hellwing

While hot weather and football may have contributed to less people attending the Morton Street Fair when compared to previous years, organising committee chairman Richard Wells said the event had still been a success.

"It was hot and there was some sort of football match on in the afternoon," he joked about the event which took place on Saturday.

"But the general consensus was that it had been a really good day."

The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success
The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success

Richard said this was the 19th staging of the popular festival after it was first held in 2000.

"We normally hold the fair until 4pm, but this year with the football on it ended at 3pm," he said.

"Everything went according to plan and feedback has been good so far."

Richard said the fair had become the village's "major summer event" and had grown in popularity over the years.

"The first one in 2000 was very popular so people naturally asked if we were going to hold more and so we continued doing it," he said.

The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success
The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success

He said the organising committee did not make a profit from staging the event and all money raised went to covering the costs.

"Our aim is to allow charitable causes the opportunity to raise money for themselves.

"We never know for sure how much is raised for charity from the event but a conservative estimate is about £3,000 to £4,000."

He said highlights from this year's event included a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane, a range of children's entertainment and live music.

Other entertainment included food and drink stalls, a model railway exhibition and a "boat pond", which was run by a radio controlled boat club from Boston.

The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success
The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success

"The fair is held along the High Street and in a paddock just off High Street," he said.

"It's very much a street fair and we cannot charge for entrance so its always difficult to know just how many people turn up.

"There is no way of monitoring the numbers so it's more a feel of how many people attended."

The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success
The Morton Street fair took place on July 7 and was hailed a success

Richard said they owed a big thank you to their sponsors - Morton Post Office, Lincolnshire Bow, Cherryholt Mobility, Halls Garage and C and J Supplies - for helping them stage the event.



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