When the Old Coulsdon Village Fair was postponed in July because its venue, Grange Park, was waterlogged, the organisers, the Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor, picked another date hoping for kinder weather for their charity fund-raiser.
Come the re-arranged date, last Saturday, “Unbelievably, it then chose to rain again for most of the day,” according to Roy Chamberlain, the Rotary Club’s President.
“But this simply brought out the best in everyone, both organisers and attendees alike being determined to make it a success.”
Chamberlain said, “We would like to thank the Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts, for opening the Fair, and all those involved – stall-holders, sponsors, and members of the public, who all contributed to this ever-popular community event.”
Among those who attended, one fair-goer said, “The public seemed to be prepared to enjoy the Fair in the rain and go home and dry out indoors. The children were oblivious to the rain and determined to go on the rides. The arena events and ever-popular dog show carried on regardless.”
And one of the Rotarians said, “Our club has always prided itself in a having a good community spirit, and it was never better demonstrated than the enthusiasm in Saturday’s adverse conditions, and it is clearly appreciated by the public, who were still arriving even after the rain had set in for the afternoon.”
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