GIVEN this summer’s wet weather, St Mark’s Fair organisers were extremely lucky and the sun actually shone on the day of the fair, July 21.
Former commissioner and farmer Geoff Taggart opened proceedings. Fair committee chairman Angela Souther explained that despite hailing from Billown (over a mile away) he had connections with the area going back many generations.
His wife Helen crowned the fair’s princess, Breeshey Glassey, before large numbers spilled on to the fair field.
New to this year’s fair there was a demonstration of net making and a ferret display.
‘There were four or five furry creatures,’ said Angela. ‘People always like to hold them – they did not have them running through poles or up trousers.’
Usually donations taken at the entrance to the fair field go to all the charities involved in the fair. But after a shock £1,000 claim involving a damaged tent last year, Angela decided this year’s proceeds should go to the fair committee’s coffers.
‘Charity begins at home,’ she said.