All the fun of the fair in Cross-in-Hand

Dogs were put through their paces
Dogs were put through their paces

There was very little you couldn’t enjoy, do, watch or take part in - thanks to superhuman efforts by the organisers of the 2014 Cross-in-Hand Village Day on Saturday.

Children flocked to watch entertainer Marco amaze them with unfathomable magic tricks while Uncle Bumble kept all the youngsters in fits of laughter.

Dogs showed their paces with veterans, handsome dogs and pure-breds drawing oohs and aahs from the crowds in a show organised by Cicely Howitt.

Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club - which provided the field for the Show - also organised an informal coaching session for youngsters from the age of two.

Hog Dogz provided the music during the afternoon, almost drowning out shouts of children enjoying the giant inflatable slide and fairground rides.

Cross-in-Hand Tennis Club organised games and there was a putting competition for golf enthusiasts.

Almost every village organisation was represented - a popular display was the Horam and Heathfield Flower Club’s tombola and shopaholics stocked up on preserves, knitted toys, scarves and bags, painted furniture, wonderful wooden toys from Wooden Wonderland in Heathfield, books, cakes, paintings, food and drink.

The First Responders demonstrated rescuscitation techniques and Colin Saunders’ moving World War I display drew an appreciative audience. A wood turning demonstration fascinated the crowds.

Organiser Mary Cottingham thanked her ‘wonderful committee,’ singling out Andrew and Andrew Keer and Plyllis Chalk for praise, although she said everyone contributed 110 per cent.

She said: “Funds raised are up on last year’s total and should come up to about £1,500 - money will go partly towards improving the village hall and partly towards funding next year’s Village Day. My thanks to all.”