MAY DAY fun will draw the crowds to the Grand Village Fête as the 25th anniversary is looming.

The fête will make a return with an opening parade and balloon race launched by Stroud MP Neil Carmichael to kick off the day on Saturday, May 17.

In 1989 the first Grand Village Fête was held on the Brimscombe and Thrupp playing fields.

Elizabeth Peters, with the help of numerous volunteers, six daughters and husband, has organised the fête since the start.

Over the years the event has raised in excess of £60,000 for local charities, although its main objective is a community occasion.

With help from local primary schools, pupils annually come up with a design for the posters to advertise the event.

Families can enjoy an array of traditional spring celebrations including the main attractions, dogs, a tea tent and bar, hot food, stalls, pitches, competitions, vintage vehicles and a fun fair.

There will also be the popular jam doughnut competition at the event in the Brimscombe and Thrupp playing fields.

The judging of the May Queen will take place at 10.45 and also present will be James Cracknell OBE and Julie Girling MEP.

Entry is free and parking will be available in the football club car park.

Frampton Silver Band will perform to entertain guests throughout the day.

All stalls have now been taken however there is still a couple of pitches available, please contact Elizabeth Peters on 01453 887980.

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