Gear up for all the fun of the hospital fete

A scene from Beccles Hospital Fete last year

A scene from Beccles Hospital Fete last year - Credit: Archant

The annual Beccles Hospital Fete takes place tomorrow with entertainment planned for all the family.

Caroline Topping, mayor of Beccles, will open the fete at 2pm followed by a performance from the Sir John Leman High School Jazz Band.

Mrs Topping said: “This fete is a long standing tradition in Beccles. I have recently found press cuttings going back 75 years but other records show that a fete existed as far back as 1908. “More recently my children and I have enjoyed this yearly event. It allows the whole community to come together and celebrate our hospital and its staff.”

The fete is hosted and organised by the Rotary Club of Beccles in the hospital grounds and last year it raised more than £4,200 for 12 charities.

The club held several events to raise this sum, including the Hospital Flag Day held just before the fete. The usual large selection of stalls and games will be there as well as sideshows, a bouncy castle, prizes and a performance by The June Glennie School of Dance. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a range of refreshments from Beccles Inner Wheel, boules and a taekwondo exhibition.

One of the sponsored riders in the recent Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride will win a bicycle during a draw at 3.45pm.

This year two other people will also win prizes to celebrate the 40th founding anniversary of sponsors Norfolk and Suffolk Financial Services.

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The Rotary Club of Beccles have now organised this event for more than 50 years in conjunction with the League of Friends, established to support the hospital and help protect its future. At least 10 local charities are due to benefit again.