Family Fun Day at Melbourn Fete…
It was a fun day for the whole family on Saturday 24th June in Melbourn with the return, albeit in a slightly smaller format than previous years, of the village Fete on the recreation ground. Rows of brightly coloured stalls selling a varied selection of confectionary, homemade toys, drinks, and gifts lined the ground. The Royston and District Engineering Club were offering rides on a model steam train, and a traditional steam wagon, whilst an early threshing machine demonstrated how harvesting was performed in the early 20th century.
One of the big attractions has always been the classic vehicle display and this year’s offering of gleaming cars and bikes certainly didn’t disappoint the crowd. The star draw was undoubtedly Martyn and Timothy Sansom’s rare Mk 1 Dellow. Built in Birmingham in 1951 for the famous long-distance road trials and sporting a nifty 1,600 cc engine the chassis is manufactured out of Titanium. Only 50 of these unusual motors were ever produced.
There was an ample selection of street food vendors to quell the hunger of the crowd and the bar maintained a brisk trade throughout the event.
This was the first Melbourn Fete, which was inaugurated in 1986, since the lifting of Covid restrictions and since its transition has raised money to aid local organisations and good causes in the village. More recently the committee has been responsible for donating over £33,000 to assist with worthy requirements.