Cuckoo Fair in Heathfield raises more than £3,000

LAST weekend’s Cuckoo Fair in Old Heathfield raised more than £3,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Organiser Audrey Milton said: “The sun shone, everybody came out, the scarecrows were stunning, the stalls were packed with buyers – it was our best Fair ever.”

The Cuckoo Fair dates back to 1315 when Dame Heffle first carried her basket to Cade Street and released her cuckoo, ensuring Spring arrived on time.

The Fair returned to its original home two years ago and since then it has expanded into the recreation ground, the pub car park and fields in and around.

There were gypsy caravans, a vintage vehicle display, steam train rides, a fun dog show, displays by village groups and craftspeople, cider tasting, a barbecue, demonstrations of spinning, an evening barn dance and a charming rendition of native son Rudyard Kipling’s Heffle Cuckoo Fair song by the children of St Richard’s Primary School.