Holyport Fair 2016

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

A beer race, a tug of war, a hog roast and a dog show were among the highlights of the 2016 Holyport Village Fair on Saturday.

In celebration of the fair’s 70th anniversary, fairgoers came garbed in 1940s attire – what people would have worn when the fair began.

There were lots of things to see and do to make Saturday a day to remember, including a dog show, the Miss Holyport contest, displays of classic cars and welly throwing.

Bernie Bailes, 59, from Holyport told the Advertiser: “I’ve lived here for 21 years and this year’s fair was fabulous. Then again every year we’ve come here it’s been fabulous.”

Fair organiser Maz Coppinger told the Advertiser: “We always have a very big turnout. Apparently there were record numbers of people entering the dog show. It was brilliant.”

Mrs Coppinger was grateful to the Heathrow Community Fund, which donated £800 to the fair.

Punters praised the food, including the hog roast, a barbecue that ran out due to high demand and a family-run Indian food stand.

The beer race, which saw teams from village pubs zipping across the green downing pints, was a highlight for many as it had not featured at the fair for 11 years.

Harry Povey, 25, from Holyport told, the Advertiser: “I’ve been coming here ever since I was a kid.

“I really enjoyed the tug of war and I’m looking forward to the beer race, I’m hoping to do it next year.”

His girlfriend Emily Brown, 23, added: “It’s been good to see such a good atmosphere, lots of people and a good community spirit.”

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