Sunday, July 6, 2008


Saturday marked the annual Village Carnival. Every year, the whole village pulls together to make the most wonderful happy day. Floats are made on the backs of lorries, special attractions come and we all have a great time. Even the English weather doesn't put a dampener on proceedings (and gosh did it rain!)

There were some wonderful floats this year (19 of them) but as most of them had children on, I'm not allowed to show you. The theme this year was 'Adverts' so floats ranging from Disneyland to Road safety, Coca-Cola to Tesco's, graced our streets.

Here we have a vintage Fire Engine from Wisbech (as well as the Advert lorries, there is also a vintage car rally, vintage bikes and marching bands).

This particular Marching Band has won competitions all over the place. They were fantastic.

But my favourites of the morning were The Pig Dyke Molly group. Now don't be put off by their scary appearance (they are supposed to look miserable!). Many years ago when the crops had been harvested, the workers had no source of income during the winter, so they formed groups and went around the place dancing to different villages. The idea was that if they looked menacing enough, you would be so scared that they'd rip up your garden unless you gave them money. Pleasant folk the Fenlanders! They were very very good! I gave them money (so did David having spent all Friday tidying the already tidy front garden, he didn't want to risk it!).

After all the excitement of the morning we all headed up to the village field where there was a Sports Day for all the children. A great time was had by all (though I feel many would have enjoyed it more if the pub had been a little closer!) - and the sun shone so much in the afternoon, it was difficult to imagine the dreadful wind and rain of the morning!

Oh yes, and then we all came home for a slice of Saturday Pudding - Chocolate Meringue Pie and strawberries. (A little too sweet even for me, shan't be having this one again.)


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Ok, even if you don't want to eat it again, could you share the recipe? That chocolate meringue pie looks fab!

As does your village carnival - what a lot of fun!

Lucy xx

dottycookie said...

Gotta love those molly dancers!

trashalou said...

mmmmmm...meringue pie.... mmmmm. Loving a carnival, ours won't be until late September.

Lesley said...

I love village carnivals and it's so sad that us townies just don't seem to have that sense of community.

One of my best childhood holiday memories is of a village fete in a tiny village on Bodmin Moor.

The chocolate meringue pud looks lovely .......mmmmmmmmmmmmm...


kerrie said...

oooh, choc meringue pie sounds interesting. I've never really got the hang of making meringues though...