HUNDREDS flocked to Rowledge recreation ground this on Bank Holiday Monday as the village kicked off a busy summer of fayres, fetes and carnival in the Farnham area.

Although not quite living up to the glorious sunshine earlier in the weekend, the rain stayed away all afternoon as families enjoyed the 37th annual fayre’s traditional array of activities, stalls and refreshments.

Retired fayre chairman Roy Gardner opened proceedings at noon followed by colourful dancing displays from children at Rowledge Primary School and shortly afterwards a fun dog show.

Youngsters also enjoyed sack, three legged, wheelbarrow, egg and spoon, and scarecrow races, as well as a Punch and Judy show, bouncy castle, teacup rides and - for the first time - sumo wrestling and a gladiator duel.

The village strong-men again squared off in a hotly contested tug-o-war while grown-ups also enjoyed a barbecue well stocked by award-winning local butcher Michael Humphries, Pimms, beer, tea and cakes, all set against the evocative tones of Farnham Brass Band.

Councillor Wyatt Ramsdale again found himself pelted with wet sponges in the stocks before a grand draw of prizes donated by local businesses brought an end to festivities at 4pm.

Next up will be Frensham fayre on June 18, Farnham Carnival on June 25, Wrecclesham fete on June 26, Hale Carnival on July 2, Tilford fete on July 9 and The Bourne Show on July 16.