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Warm weather brings crowds to Ketton Fete and Witchley Warren Festival

Ketton sports field annual fete. Medieval cooking with Jay Snare and Caroline Bedford EMN-160718-090201009
Ketton sports field annual fete. Medieval cooking with Jay Snare and Caroline Bedford EMN-160718-090201009

Warm weather brought crowds of visitors to the Ketton Fete and Witchley Warren Festival yesterday (Sunday).

The event at the Ketton Sports and Community Centre proved to be a success with hundreds of people attending to watch bands and enjoy the entertainment.

Proving particularly popular was the Knights of Skirbeck medieveal re-enactment group, who delighted young and old with their performance. There was also free circus skills with children having a go at a range of fun activities, while their parents enjoyed a drink at one of the real ale bars.

To add to the family feel of the event, there was also storytelling and fairground rides for the youngsters and a display of classic cars, motorbikes and Volkswagen camper vans to enjoy.

A range of community stalls also helped to bring in proceeds for the community centre, with fundraisers hoping to totally revamp it. It is hoped work will start in November and plans were on show during the event.

The Witchley Warren Festival, a music event, was first held at the village’s Northwick Arms in 2013 and collaborated this year for the first time with the fete. Bands playing included The Gangsters, Latino Sound, King’s Gambit, Frumenty and The Heist. Musicians were also welcomed to play on the Busker’s Stage.

Martin Smith, one of the organisers, said: “It was a fantastic day and it couldn’t have been better in terms of the weather. We had a lot of people here, which was very encouraging, and there were plenty of activities to keep them here all day.

“The highlights were the Knights of Skirbeck, who were doing some amazing combat work, and the circus skills were also really popular.

“The whole area just seemed to be packed with people having fun, which was so nice to see. The aim, as well as raising funds for the community centre, was to put on a good event for the community and I think we certainly achieved that.”

The event was generously sponsored by the Whitebread Trust, Hanson Cement and Rutland Scaffolding, and was also supported by Ketton Parish Council.


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