Traditional fair at Alfriston

Alfriston festival. Phil Wallwork from Jaws and claws with local kids.
Alfriston festival. Phil Wallwork from Jaws and claws with local kids.
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It was all the fun of the traditional village fair as Alfriston hosted its four-day festival over the bank holiday weekend.

The village green in front of the Norman church played host to a whole range of old fashioned games like tilt the bucket, toss the bale, bowl for a pig and wellie-throwing, along with a funfair to take visitors back in time, pony rides and a bouncy castle for the kids.

There were stalls full of great local produce, tea and cakes in the village hall, prize draws, historic walking tours and a classic car show.

Also adding to the entertainment and providing fun for everyone was an art exhibition, dog show, band music, Morris dancing and a guided tour of a new vineyard.

Alfriston Festival raises money for local organisations and charities.

Festival chairman Rod Young said he was delighted with the event.

“Rain on Saturday meant we had to cut short the afternoon’s events and both the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band and our visiting French jazz band went home rather wet,” he said.

“But on Sunday and Monday the sun shone, the bands played and the crowds came.

“At our Traditional Village Fair on Monday afternoon, the Tye was full of happy people, buying country produce, eating ice creams, taking pony rides, playing Tilt the Bucket, Toss the Bale, Splat the Rat and all the other games that have been played on the Tye at Alfriston for so many years.

“It made all the hard work worthwhile.

“I was particularly pleased that this year we were able to welcome a party of visitors from our newly twinned Normandy village of Veules-les-Roses, including their jazz band Les Crustacés (with an acute accent over the ‘e’, which my e-mail can’t do)

“They loved it all, and seemed particularly fascinated by our wellie throwing competition.”