Strawberry Fair 2019: Brentwood community delighted with circus-themed annual family event
PUBLISHED: 11:04 18 June 2019
Thousands once again flocked to the beloved annual Strawberry Fair at the weekend.
Opened by the Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Keith Parker and The One and Only singer Chesney Hawkes, more than 5,000 visitors attended the circus themed family favourite day, helping to devour 70kg of strawberries - supplied by Doddinghurst Road Church - as well as enjoy carousel rides, dodgems and performances from schools and clubs.
Brentwood Borough Council leader, Councillor Chris Hossack said; "Everyone loves the Strawberry Fair which is the big event in the Council's calendar.
"Every year it gets better and better and ofcourse entry is free of charge.
"It's so important to celebrate the traditional family fun of this event.
"It's a chance for charities and local community groups to come and spread the word of what they can offer and it's a great opportunity for schools and performing arts groups to show off their skills.
"It's a full on busy day and one that is clearly thoroughly enjoyed.
"I must thank all those who helped make the day possible from our sponsors, Weston Homes, to Chesney Hawkes and all those who put on great displays of food, drink and entertainment."
In the Big Top arena hosted by Brentwood Baptist Church, entertainment kicked off with the cast of Godspell performing.
The show takes place at the Brentwood Centre on June 29 and 30 and features guest performances from Chesney Hawkes and X Factor's Sam Callahan.
In the Arena, audiences were wowed by the aerial acrobatic display skills of Aerial Allstars and had the chance to try out the hanging hoop for themselves.
Pupils from Holly Trees Primary School demonstrated some great drumming skills and spectators were blown away by tunes from the Britannia Pipe Band.
There was plenty for children with Fathers' Day crafts, a circus-themed selfie photo booth, Punch and Judy shows, face painting, bread-making, magicians, bouncy castles and rides together with bear hugs from Weston Homes' stall.
Members of the emergency services and community safety teams also joined in the fun as youngsters were able to have a turn in the police truck and try some virtual reality with the Fire and Rescue Service.
Grown ups were also able to sample the local beers from Brentwood Brewery, enjoy a Pimm's and Prosecco from the Brentwood Breakfast Rotary Club or try the exclusive Strawberry Fizz cocktail from the Horse and Hare bar, and food ranging from woodfired pizzas to sticky chips and Greek wraps.
MP for Brentwood and Ongar Alex Burghart attended with his wife Hermione and their two children.
He added: "The Strawberry Fair is a highlight of my year - it's a real treat.
"We're very lucky to have such an active community and Council to put it on for us."
The council would also like to thank:
Brentwood Baptist Church
The Baytree Centre
St Thomas' Church
Conservators of Shenfield Common
Grace and Rose Estate Agents
Brentwood County High School
All our volunteer stewards
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Photographs courtesy of Brentwood Borough Council, Ian Richardson and Roy Tyzack.