Graham Smith

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Killinghall Coronation Fair: organizers of Killinghall’s Coronation Fair, which is being held at the village hall and adjoining cricket field noon-4pm on Sunday June 2 following a united service of thanksgiving at St Thomas’s Church at 9.30am, are hoping there will be no repeat of the gloomy, wet weather older residents recall taking place 60 years ago when the village celebrated the Queen’s coronation. But even if the elements try and dampen proceedings members of the fair committee remain confident that this time there will be enough indoor attractions, the majority of which are based on a 1950s theme, to keep children and families interested and entertained.

Much attention has been given to recreating some of the fairground games older residents will remember with affection from their youth. And it is hoped such traditional games as roll-a-penny (which in today’s money will be roll-a-two-penny!), hoop-la and trying to get balls to stay in buckets will prove just as intriguing for present-day computer savvy youngsters. Organizers have made sure the fair will be providing a wide range of gifts for competitors to win and they have also lined-up performances by the school choir who will entertain in-between background music from the 1950s.

Refreshments on the day will be provided by members of Killinghall WI and the village hall’s car park will offer a traditional children’s roundabout and ice cream van.

The plan is, weather permitting, to also have a number of events on the adjoining cricket field, ranging from traditional children’s races, similar to what was held in 1953, and a coconut shy plus more modern attractions, such as beat-the-goalie and a giant inflatable slide.

Rounding off the afternoon’s proceedings, which will start with a fancy dress parade (entrants to assemble in the village hall at 12.15pm) will be another traditional attraction, the tug-o-war contest. Entry to the fair, which is open to residents and non-residents, is £1 for adults and free admission for children.

Church services: Sunday, June 2 Killinghall Methodist Church 10.30am Mr Simon Charters. 6.30pm Holy Communion with Rev Christine Gillespie.