VILLAGERS braved a severe weather warning and turned out in force at this year’s Stoke Abbott Street Fair.

Despite a torrential downpour at 1.30pm the traditional Sick Club Parade went ahead at 1.45pm as planned and, as the afternoon unfolded and the clouds moved on, the crowds started to arrive.

The Wylde Morris dancers, live music, cream teas, children’s activities, village stalls from jam to clothes and a wide range of external stallholders bustled with happy customers and there was even some sunshine – eventually.

Co-ordinator Catherine Leech said: “This year was an amazing team effort from virtually the entire village – it just goes to show what you can achieve when everyone pulls together.

“We were determined to go ahead and give our visitors a great day out and I’m thrilled to say we succeeded.

“The new additions of the Well Blessing, by the Rev David Baldwin, and the children’s fancy dress parade, complete with the Stoke Abbott Fairy Godmother (Anna Zee), were charming.

“I am confident they will become part of the Street Fair’s unique magic every year.”

Stoke Abbott’s Kerry Gould created the beautiful backdrop to the village water source for the well blessing – she, and contributors from as far afield as the USA and Spain, crocheted colourful flowers. Even the four-legged visitors joined in the fun with a busy Dog Show – the Best in Show award went to Jessica Townsend, from Morecombelake, and the lovely Ruby, pictured right.

The funds raised will go towards the village hall, St Mary’s Church and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.