Boy George versus a crossword puzzle in school’s fancy dress

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Pirates, a tiny Boy George and a crossword puzzle were among the fancy dress contestants at a Gattons School fete of yesteryear.

These pictures came from the depths of the Mid Sussex Times archive and were taken by Jane Bowler and published in the summer of 1984.

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The turnout at the fete was particularly good as the community turned out to enjoy that rarest of rarities, a sunny British summer’s day.

Let’s take a moment to remember what those were like...

More than £750 was raised, which was used to buy equipment for the school.

The 2nd Burgess Hill Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade were on hand while many of the children entertained the adults with a display of country dancing.

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The youngsters then sat back and enjoyed the sight of their dads competing in a mini Olympics.

Pictured are four-year-old Cally Bridger as Boy George; Stephen Broadley, five, Vicky Shipp, 18 months, and Andrew Shipp, five, as eye patch-wearing pirates; five-year-old Jaime Williams as a crossword puzzle; and Jenny Handford, who was running the Pick A Card stall.

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