Visitors flock to Stonyhurst fair

Geri Hide and Judith Smith on their colourful Palanquin Flair stall
Geri Hide and Judith Smith on their colourful Palanquin Flair stall
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More than four thousand visitors flocked to historic Stonyhurst College for its first Spring Country Fair - a “fantastic response” from the public and exhibitors alike, said organisers.

The two-day event is now set to be held annually, with a second fair in the pipeline for October, but with less of an accent on a family day out and more on the festive season and Christmas.

Over 100 companies and businesses took stands, including the four local ones pictured from the Longridge and Garstang areas: Longridge photographer Phil Garlington, Garstang’s Mike and Ellen Satchell with their Looking Glass Art, Goosnargh woodturner John Owen, and Palanquin Fair with Geraldine Hide, also from Goosnargh and Judith Smith from Ulverston.

Other stallholders were from throughout the country and filled the college halls and corridors with their many and different wares.

Outside were more exhibitors, including a selection of top-of-the-range Lexus Cars, Cuerden Birds of Prey and traditional sailing boats, as well as a hog roast.

Flight demonstrations from the various birds of prey kept all the family entertained, whilst again inside cookery demonstrations took place in the historic Top Refectory.

Among the chefs sharing their talents over the weekend were Paul Heathcote, of Heathcote’s Brasserie, Steven Smith ,of the Freemasons at Wiswell, and Lewis Gallagher, from Stanley House Hotel and Spa.

“With the delights of the Wirral Ukulele Fanatics serenading the shoppers and magic shows for the children, there was something for everyone,” said college events co-ordinator, Rebecca Grigson.

“We are looking forward to planning the autumn event which will be on October 26 and 27.”