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Sun comes out for St Agnes Fete

Despite torrential rain the previous day, the sun shone for St Agnes Fete on Sunday.

The annual event, the first of this summer's off-island fetes, attracted a large crowd of locals and visitors.

There was a wide array of stalls, along with live music, a dog show and a Scilly Strongman competition.

Mark Eberlein organised Strongman contests for under 13s and over 13s, with some 21 youngsters taking part. The adult contest was won by George Smailer, with Alun Anderson and Stu Barrs in second and third.

John Dart, who helped run the beer tent, said: "The fete was a great success from our point of view. Mind you we didn't see many other stalls etc as we were so busy! Westward Farm had a very popular stall selling their delicious local gin.

"We were very lucky with the weather having gone up yesterday in the pouring rain to start getting things ready (pictured right). I thought we were going to die of pneumonia!"

It's the turn of the St Mary's Parish Church Fete in the Chaplaincy Garden tomorrow (August 1st), followed by Bryher Fete & Music Festival on Sunday (August 6th), then Tresco Fete & Fun Day (August 13th), St Martins Fete (August 20th) and the Garrison Sports & Music Festival on St Mary's (August 27th). Bank Holiday Monday (August 28th) also sees a return display by the Red Arrows.

The St Mary's Hospital Summer Fete earlier this month raised a massive £3.630.18, which will go towards furnishing the Palliative Care suite and relatives room.

Photos by Amanda Martin and John Dart


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