A Blooming Great Weekend
Bathed in sunshine, the 51st Thriplow Daffodil and Country Fair weekend welcomed over 14,000 happy supporters, many of them regular visitors to the annual event, and raised £60,000 for local charities.
The hard work of over 350 dedicated volunteers certainly paid off in the mild spring weather, with a happy and relaxed atmosphere of people, both young and old enjoying the many diverse offerings available. There were the usual many stall holders marketing their wares, from jewellery, clothing, and garden ornaments, to cofectionary, cakes, and other quality food products, to mention just a few. There was an abundance of entertainment including an exciting Civil War reinactment, a classic car show, a gun dog scurry, Morris Men, and a fun dog show. Younger members of the family had their own area with magic shows, traditional games, and a Punch and Judy Show. On the Green the ever popular working Smithy turning out traditional horse shoes proved intriguing for many visitors.
Over half a million early to late flowering Daffodil bulbs, including the village’s own variety, Thriplow Gold, had been planted for the occasion.
Kerstin Rivett, Press Officer for the committee, is thrilled with the weekend. “I am delighted with the results”, she stated. “It’s been a great two days, with lovely visitors, providing an equally lovely atmosphere. It’s the pleasurable simplicity of our weekend that really makes it all so charming. The bulk of the money raised will go to this year’s nominated charity, the Rosie Maternity Hospital, and the remainder distributed to other local charities who have applied for grants.”