A POPULAR event saw Silchester residents enjoy a wide range of traditional entertainment.

The Silchester Fete and Dog Show saw hundreds of people enjoy a family day out, while raising thousands for the parish church, St Mary the Virgin.

Attractions included country dancing by pupils at Silchester School, performances from the Alton Morris Dancers, and dancing from the All Star Theatre Academy, based in Reading. Hants & Berks Ferret Club held ferret racing throughout the afternoon and children were able to enjoy a Punch and Judy show.

Furry Foot the Clown made his usual appearance and youngsters also enjoyed playing on a large bouncy castle and taking part in traditional games and craft activities at the event, held on Silchester Playing Fields.

Adults enjoyed welly-wanging – throwing Wellington boots as far as possible – and even had the chance to try their hands at bell-ringing, thanks to the Silchester Bell Ringers and their portable belfry.

The popular dog show included categories such as most handsome dog, cutest puppy, and dog with the waggiest tail.

It also included the hotly-contested category of fastest biscuit eater.

The finale to the fete was an egg throwing contest, with contestants throwing uncooked eggs to their partners from ever-increasing distances.

All money raised will go towards the upkeep of the church and on general renovations.