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Hundreds enjoy a day of traditional country fun in Topcroft

PUBLISHED: 16:19 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 21 June 2016

Clive Hambling with Albie the dog and his 1961 Ford Consul at Topcroft Country Day. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Clive Hambling with Albie the dog and his 1961 Ford Consul at Topcroft Country Day. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Visitors to the third annual Topcroft County Day were treated to a display of more than 100 classic cars along with a flypast by a Second World War P-51D Mustang.

The event was held at Topcroft sports field on Sunday, and around 750 people enjoyed a day of traditional country fun.

Youngsters were entertained with donkey rides, birds of prey, face painting and fete games, while the adults enjoyed live music, craft stalls and plenty of food and drink.

Kevin Andrews, one of the organisers, said: “We used to have a traditional village fete but that died off a little so we freshened it up and added a few bits and pieces, with the classic cars being the main element.

“We were a little bit worried because it was Father’s Day and there were a few other events on but we still had over 100 cars on show.

“It was a really successful day and we have had some good feedback from people through our Facebook page.”

The flypast was provided by the Hardwick Warbirds from nearby Hardwick Airfield, which was one of the early heavy bomber airfields constructed for the RAF during 1941 and 1942 in the East Anglian Area.

Mr Andrews said: “The flypast was very popular. People were waiting around to see it happen and this year the weather conditions were ideal.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Fields in Trust charity which protects Topcroft sports field for the use of the community.

And a date has already been set for next year’s event on June 18, 2017.

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