IT’S a tradition dating back to 1870 and is still as popular as ever.

Stoke Abbott’s annual street fair takes place next week, kicking off with the Stoke Abbott Sick Club parade.

It will be led by Beaminster’s town crier, David Craner and, this year, some of the proceeds will support Bridport charities.

There will be an array of traditional stalls, a family dog show, the Arcadia Jazz Band and Morris dancers, classic and vintage car displays, ferret-racing and a children’s games garden. The Slippery Horse, Football Mania and Giant Jenga will challenge both adults and kids.

Co-ordinator Chris Coles said: “Our street fair gives locals and tourists a really enjoyable afternoon out in one of the region’s prettiest villages whilst also raising vital funds. With a top prize of £100 cash in the raffle, a sausage challenge for dogs, beautiful flower posies and a children’s storyteller amongst the many attractions, there’s definitely something for everyone.”

Children are invited to attend in any fancy dress, take part in activities and face painting and join a parade in the dog show ring at 3.30pm.

The popular New Inn will have live music throughout the afternoon and a barbecue in the garden.

Set out along the lanes, village-run stalls will include cakes, plants, jams, jewellery, ‘Granny’s Attic’ bric-a-brac, a bottle tombola, crafts, toys and cream teas.

There will also be a number of commercial stalls offering plants, pizzas and pottery amongst other goodies.

Free car parking is available but only on the road into the village from Beaminster. There is an entry fee of £1 per adult, which includes the minibus shuttle.

Proceeds will go to St Mary’s Church, the village hall and Bridport’s Living Tree and Stepping Out charities, supporting those affected by cancer.

The street fair will take place on Saturday, July 20, at 1.45pm.