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he sun shone and despite strong winds thousands of people poured into Highgate’s Pond Square throughout the day to visit the annual Fair in the Square.


Stilt walkers, Morris Men and Pearlie Kings wandered through the crowds who enjoyed performances by over 200 local people on two stages. More than 50 local societies and charities took part several raising large sums of money for their causes including the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation which raised over £2,500; other organisations recruited members and sold publications about their work. The Fair has given donations to two local charities ‘I Can Dance’ and The Harington Scheme.


Other stallholders were selling plants, toys, pottery, jewellery, gifts, clothes and lots more. There was an exciting choice of delicious food to appeal to all tastes - cream teas, hog roast, noodles, burgers, sausages, cheeses, pates and breads.


Children spent hours in the Cass Art tent drawing pictures of what they liked best about Highgate, creating works of art, while outside they were shouting at Mr Punch to look behind him or practising their juggling skills.


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The Deputy Mayor of Camden, Cllr Jonathan Simpson officially opened the Fair and praised the principal sponsors –Benham & Reeves, Camden, Cass Art, Day Morris, Goldschmidt & Howland, The Ham & High, The Highgate Society and George Michael.


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Queues formed to scramble up the climbing wall, or bounce on the bungee fly and others enjoyed spraying the fire engine hose, which came from Kentish Town Fire Station Blue Watch. In the Country Fair tent the flower arrangements, cakes, produce and fruit monsters drew admiring glances.


Veronica Day, Chair of the Fair Committee, said “It was a fantastic day. There are so many people to thank – our sponsors, volunteers and local businesses, but above all the dedicated organising committee who have spent the last nine months working on this event and giving so generously of their time. We need more people to join the committee – contact thefairinthesquare@gmail. com if you are interested. Next year’s Fair will take place on Saturday, June 15, keep watching the website www.fairinthesquare.co.uk for information.


Lynne Featherstone MP and Joanne Good andYou 8


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What an amazing day!


Anna Webb presenters from ‘Barking at the Moon’, BBC Radio London’ 94.9fm had the task of helping to judge the PetVet Dog Show, awarding the title of the Dog with the Most Appealing Eyes to Bertie a Husky Cross and two and a half year old Nicholas Read with Ambrose, a lurcher, who won the Best Child and Dog in Fancy Dress.


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