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First Village Fair organised by Findhorn Residents’ Association in three years draws a big crowd in the sun


By Garry McCartney

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'Splat the Rat' with volunteer Timothy Finnegan. Picture by paulheartfield.photography
'Splat the Rat' with volunteer Timothy Finnegan. Picture by paulheartfield.photography

HUNDREDS of villagers and visitors enjoyed the first Findhorn Fair since 2019 on Sunday afternoon.

Organisers Findhorn Residents’ Association (FRA) were delighted with the turnout and the response to the varied stalls and activities, sunny weather and live music.

FRA chairman Sam Russell confirmed the group was formed in the 1950’s to support village groups and amenities.

He said: "It was fabulous to see so many people turning out - this year’s event was more popular than ever!

"As the fair is the main source of income for the Findhorn Residents’ Association, we are especially grateful to everyone who came along.

"Thank you to the many volunteers who gave a huge amount of time and effort to make this year's event such a success."

The Invergordon Lifeboat in the bay. Picture by paulheartfield.photography
The Invergordon Lifeboat in the bay. Picture by paulheartfield.photography

One highlight was Findhorn-based Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation boat, The Glynn Whitehead III, guiding new RNLI Invergordon Shannon Class lifeboat, Agnes AP Barr, into the bay. This was the first time since the pandemic that either boat had attended a public event. Once both were docked, the volunteer crews were kept busy with a constant stream of visitors.

Findhorn resident and Women’s Institute’s (WI) member, Joan Miller, said their group was also kept busy serving afternoon tea to around 170 people in the James Milne Institute.

She added: "At the burger stand, around 350 burgers and hot dogs were sold out by 2.45pm!

"It was wonderful to see so many visitors. I don’t think we have had a crowd this size at the Findhorn Fair for many years."

Captain of Findhorn Coastal Rowers, Claire Weller, reported that 25 people took advantage of free activity 'Give it a go Coastal Rowing' .

Morag Robertson, organiser of children's activities. Picture by paulheartfield.photography
Morag Robertson, organiser of children's activities. Picture by paulheartfield.photography

FRA member, Morag Robertson, organised activities for children.

She said: "It was lovely to see so many taking part in the children’s marquee.

'Under the Sea' was the theme for the fancy dress parade. Around 20 children in brightly coloured outfits, or with specially decorated fish from the craft corner, joined in.

"Five-year-old Sebastian Santos Willmott, wearing a super red home-made crab outfit, was judged by Bubbles the Clown to be the winner of the best costume competition.

"Throughout the afternoon over 100 children enjoyed face painting, glitter tattoos and crafts alongside the ever-popular hook-a-duck game."

Twins Sebastian and Arran Santos Willmott came first and second in the children's fancy dress competition. Sebastian dressed as a crab and Arran as a turtle. Picture by paulheartfield.photography
Twins Sebastian and Arran Santos Willmott came first and second in the children's fancy dress competition. Sebastian dressed as a crab and Arran as a turtle. Picture by paulheartfield.photography

Income from the fair is used to fund village activities such as grass cutting, floral displays and Christmas lights.

The FRA meet regularly in the James Milne Institute in Findhorn. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome. For more information, contact Sam on 07740763136 or visit https://www.facebook.com/findhornresidents/

Bubbles the Clown. Picture by paulheartfield.photography
Bubbles the Clown. Picture by paulheartfield.photography


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