Thousands attend Popley Festival

Basingstoke Gazette: Jerome Dauley has a go at archery with Mark Copley, from the Wolf Pack Re-enactment show team Buy this photo Jerome Dauley has a go at archery with Mark Copley, from the Wolf Pack Re-enactment show team

THOUSANDS of people were treated to a fun-filled day at Popley’s annual get-together last Sunday.

This year’s Popley Festival, held at Carpenters Down, Basingstoke, attracted over 8,000 visitors to the sunny free one-day event.

Among the attractions were fairground rides, a variety of stalls, an obstacle course, tug-of-war competition, egg and spoon races and a dog show.

A car boot sale was also held at the event for local residents to grab a bargain. Local organisations including charities, churches and the Scouts were on hand to raise awareness of their activities.

Entertainment was provided by members of the Popley Spotlight Centre.

For those who had worked up an appetite, plenty of refreshments were on offer including hamburgers from a barbecue and sweet treats, including waffles and pancakes.

Tracey Judge, manager of Popley Fields Community Centre and one of the event organisers, told The Gazette: “We were lucky – we had a really good day and the weather was good to us this year. It was a good day out for families from the Popley area.”

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