Hundreds enjoy Bisley Flower Show and Fete despite the damp weather

Hundreds enjoy Bisley Flower Show and Fete despite the damp weather

Flower queen Imogen Smith (centre) with Leonie Chambers (left) and Amber Nash, all 11, at Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday

Amanda Polking-Horne (top) and her duck Dave with daughter Isobella, five, and Sharon Waite, who ran a toy stall, at Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday

Ross Wilson, six, and sister Mia, nine, with sprinter Jenny Batten and her Olympic torch at Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday

Harvey Balding, three, enjoyed the giant inflatable slide at Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday

Joe Kobbe was in charge of the barbecue at Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday

The mane attraction: Daisy Roberts' vegetable lion was a roaring success at Bisley Fete and Flower Show, winning a first prize

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THE threat of rain failed to dampen the spirits of visitors to Bisley Fete and Flower Show on Saturday.

There was plenty to see and do for those who braved the showers to enjoy the traditional event.

The flower show, originally founded in 1863 and revived in 1952, making 2012 its diamond jubilee year, was slightly down on numbers of entries in the vegetable section as a result of the summer's wet weather but there was still enough to make an impressive display in the marquee.

"The weather hasn't been kind to any gardeners this year so we really appreciate the great support and effort shown by exhibitors," said chairman Sheila Taylor.

The flower show and fete was officially opened by Bisley vicar the Rev Simon Richards, who is due to retire this year after serving the village for just under a decade, and his wife Jill.

Their duties included crowning the flower queen, 11-year-old Imogen Smith, who was attended by Amber Nash and Leonie Chambers.

The girls were driven to the event in a pink Nissan Micra convertible driven by Sali Gray from Abbeymead. Sali is the organiser of the annual Pink Car Rally, which raises thousands of pounds for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which funds real hair wigs for children who lose their hair.

Afterwards Avening Silver Band played on as visitors enjoyed the various stalls and attractions, including Daphne Neville's otters, go karts, a pet show and Olympic themed-fancy dress competition judged by Bisley sprinter and Olympic torch carrier Jennie Batten.

Meanwhile, the intrepid team in the refreshment area ensured there was plenty of tea and cake throughout the afternoon.

"We were determined that the appalling weather would not stop us from holding our annual fete, which is a major source of funds for the upkeep of All Saints Church, and we are grateful to everybody who turned out to support us," said fete organiser Peter Thorp.

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