I really enjoyed yesterday at Holyport fair. It was their 70th anniversary and the turnout felt like the biggest I’ve ever seen in the village. Activities included bowling for a pig (which was a feature of the very first Holyport fair), A coconut shy, a huge antique roundabout and a display of classic cars. The ever popular dog show, and inter-pub tug of war (Won by the Jolly Gardener team) both attracted large crowds. Then there were dancing displays and stalls from local charities. All in all, a pretty perfect English summer fair on a warm and sunny afternoon.

I got to kick off proceedings at 2.00pm, but I felt the honour of declaring the fair officially open should go to some local children, so seven very loud youngsters(one for each decade) were given the opportunity of doing the honours on my behalf. They did the job magnificently and got a big round of applause for their efforts.