DARK clouds and downpours failed to dampen the spirits of fete-goers throughout the region last weekend.

The clouds parted and skies cleared to make for a fun-filled afternoon at one of the biggest annual events in a schools’ calendar.

Events included Icknield School’s summer fete, Hurstbourne Tarrant CE Primary School’s summer fayre and St John the Baptist School’s summer fayre.

The schools were packed full of stalls, dancing and music to entertain the numerous attendees who packed into the events to raise a lot of smiles and money.

Icknield School’s organisers heeded the warnings from forecasters the day before the event and made a contingency plan to hold most of their attractions indoors but still managed to run outdoor events.

Meriel Tobin, senior admin assistant, said: “It went really well. We didn’t do a barbecue but still raised more or less the same as we did last year.”

St John the Baptist School had a global theme to its cuisine as well as a bake-off and plenty of singing and dancing.

Meanwhile Hurstbourne Tarrant Primary School basked in the glorious afternoon weather with a whole host of attractions including a duck race and traditional fayre. Over £5,300 was raised.