FILM star Jeremy Irons helped a Watlington children’s nursery celebrate its 30th birthday by cutting a cake.
More than £6,000 was raised for the Rainbow Corner Day Nursery at the fete, which was held on the playing field at Icknield Community College on Saturday.
Attractions included a classic car display, bouncy jousting, coconut shy and children’s face-painting and there was live music from calypso band Studio 5 and the Emily Dankworth Jazz Trio.
Irons, who has a home in the town, was joined by his wife, actress Sinéad Cusack.
She said: “Our kids went to Rainbow and we rate the nursery so highly. It’s been here 30 years now and is very important to Watlington.”
Debbie Hemmins, founder and manager of the nursery, said: “We had a really good turnout, especially considering what the weather was like early in the day. It finished raining just as we opened. It was lovely to see all the old faces. Lots of past pupils now have their own families and their children come to the nursery too.
“I never thought the nursery would be this popular or last this long but I’m really pleased it has been successful. Childcare can be difficult for parents so we try our best to help.
“It was lovely to have Jeremy and Sinéad as well — it’s great they could come and support us.
“We are putting together a scrapbook of all the past children who have come to the nursery. This will feature a bio on them, what they are doing now and a picture so we encourage them to get in touch.”
Tim Anderson, who helped organise the fete, said: “I was chairman of the nursery eight years ago and Debbie works absolutely tirelessly, not just at the nursery but throughout the community.
“She gets involved with everything in Watlington and is a real cornerstone of the community.”
The nursery is based at the Anne Brown Centre at the college.