Alford Craft Fair a ‘big success’

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The organisers behind Alford’s ever popular August Bank Holiday Craft Market festivities have hailed this year’s three-days of fun and frolics an unqualified success.

It is thought that visitor numbers were up roughly 1,000 on last year’s August Bank Holiday event - and around 6,000 people in total sampled the fun and games.

Christele Askew and a dreaming bowl at the Rakuart stall.

Christele Askew and a dreaming bowl at the Rakuart stall.

“The attendance was wonderful,” said membership secretary Priscilla McGirr.

“People were very generous with their donations too, which puts us on a good footing for next year.

“It was even busier than we expected. We’re very, very pleased and it’ll be a great launchpad for next year’s celebrations for the 40th anniversary.

“We had more crafters than last year and they were very happy with what they took and the general atmosphere.

She added that particular highlights of the weekend included some of the Morris Dancing troupes.
As well as Alford’s Morris dancers, there were performances by the Grimsby Morris dancers and also the ‘Bunnies from Hell’ troupe.

Elsewhere the Earthbound Misfits were very popular with visitors.

And one performer, ‘Banjo Bob’, proved so popular with his mix of old tunes on the first two days, that he was invited back for the Bank Holiday Monday too.

“He came on the first two mornings, but we loved him so much that we had him back on the third day,” added Priscilla.

“That created a lovely atmosphere.

“People were saying this year’s event was just like old times and a busier event as far as takings are concerned.

“It’s onwards and upwards for us”.