The St Mary Magdalene, Lyminster, summer fête on Saturday was bigger and better than ever before.
Such was the success of the new venue and improved attractions, the amount raised was more than double last year’s total.
Moved from its original site on the paddock, the fête took place on Langmead Field, a larger site which meant new ideas could be tried.
It was officially opened by Littlehampton Carnival Queen Eve Edwards and Littlehampton Carnival princesses Lucie Feltham, Hannah Unsted and Jessica Smith. They were presented with magnificent bouquets by The Flower Shop in Wick.
The display of classic cars soon drew lots of interest and the children loved the 1972 Dennis fire engine, Littlehampton’s former ‘yellow peril’.
The fête, which was organised by Barbara Evans and David Farrer-Brown, was raising much-needed funds for the church.
Popular attractions included the crafts stall, traditional games, the plant stall, face painting and a bouncy castle.
Entertainment included live music from The Alternatives, an Arundel-based rock band which soon had the crowd relaxed, sitting around and tapping their feet.
Mr Farrer-Brown, a church warden said: “It was a wonderful day, which raised in the region of £7,000, almost double last year’s amount.
“It makes all the hard work worthwhile to get a result like that. Everyone worked so hard.
“So many different people said it was such a huge improvement and they were looking forward to next year.”
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