HUNDREDS of people shrugged off the gloomy bank holiday Monday weather to enjoy the Henley May fair
HUNDREDS of people shrugged off the gloomy bank holiday Monday weather to enjoy the Henley May fair.
Visitors joined local residents at the afternoon event in Mill Meadows, where attractions included ferret racing, music, Morris dancing, fairground games and rides and charity stalls.
Families sat on the grass near the river eating ice-creams and picnics while being entertained by the Ellington Morris Dancers, from Maidenhead, and singer and acoustic guitarist Lucy Zirins, who performed on the bandstand.
The ferret racing drew crowds of people who could bet 50p on their favourite to win.
The spectators cheered as the animals scurried along transparent plastic tubes and back again, negotiating obstacles along the way. The stalls were run by volunteers from charities including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Henley Lions Club.
Town councillor David Eggleton ran a stall for Gainsborough Residents’ Association, which he co-chairs, selling raffle tickets in aid of the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital in Oxford.
Members of Henley Round Table, which organises the annual fair, sold beer and Pimm’s from a tent.