PHOTOS: Second World War planes fly over Verwood Rustic Fayre
AIMING to make the 20th Verwood Rustic Fayre the biggest and best so far, chairman Vernon “Rusty” Harris was blessed with a scorching August bank holiday Monday.
The Rotary Club of Verwood once again organised a full five hours of arena events, static displays, stalls, food and drink for all tastes, a car boot sale and – what a scoop for Verwood – a flypast of the Second World War Hurricane and Spitfire.
The main fundraising and fun day of the year for Rotary, a rapidly filling car park well before the opening ceremony told its own story as Fayre enthusiasts of all ages streamed into Potterne Park.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes were much in evidence with The Three Cross Dog Agility Display and the heats and final of the fun terrier races.
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Always good for a laugh, the canines did not disappoint as their owners cajoled and encouraged to the amusement of the crowds. Local Sunshine Dance and Fitness enthusiasts entertained with lively zumba rhythms, Stephen Lamberth’s Tae Kwon-Do students showed how to get a kick out of life and youngsters in the Tug of War exhibited strength and determination.
The MAD (Mountain bike Ariel Display) duo of Nick and Scott amazed with their skills on trials bikes with no saddles, showing why they are part of the UK’s number one stunt team.
High spot of the afternoon though was the moment when the Hurricane swooped out of the sky to thrill the crowds with high speed manoeuvres, followed soon afterwards by the familiar lines of the Spitfire doing the same. With perfect visibility all eyes were on the vintage fighters as Verwood Rustic Fayre was honoured with a wonderful flypast.
Vintage, too, were the vast array of cars of all colours and pedigrees dating from 1915 to 1984, military vehicles from the UK and America, motor cycles and tractors, so many classic exhibits that the list had to be closed in July.
There was archery to try, the Bake-Off run by Relate, stalls and tents for local churches, clubs and organisations, burgers and ice-cream plus the ever popular Rotary Arms for a cooling lager.
The Fayre ended with the release of balloons of all colours into the sky for a race organised by Verwood Cricket Club, a fitting end to a truly high-flying event.
Photos by Pat Scott