Sun shines down on Cradley fete

THIRTEEN hours of non-stop music was among the the attractions in Cradley in Saturday.

The Musicathon in the village's church was one of the attractions when Cradley celebrated summer with its annual fete.

The Musicathon started at 11am and ran until midnight with highlights include a scratch production of The Sound of Music and a singalong screening of Abba musical film Mamma Mia. And the fete itself ran from 11am to 5pm in the church ground and village hall.

Margaret Edgar, one of the organising team, said: "It went really well. The Sound of Music was very well received and Mamma Mia was popular as well, although after it had finished at midnight, we had to go round clearing up the church ready for the service next day.

"And the fete went very well. It was a beautiful hot day and lots of people turned out to support us.

"There was lots to do with the sumo wrestling being particularly popular, and the kitchens were running at full speed all day to come with the demand."

Refreshments ranged from a barbecue to ice creams - welcome in the heat of Saturday afternoon, and the fun on offer included all the stalls that are traditional at a country fete.

Funds raised at the event will help pay for much-needed repairs to the church tower and north aisle floor, and redecoration of the village hall.

"Our treasurer is busy adding up all the receipts, but we probably won't know how much we've made until the end of the week," said Mrs Edgar.

And if you missed on the fun, don't worry: the church is offering summer cream teas every Sunday from this weekend (July 20) until September.

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