Punch and Judy a reassuring sight at Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre

Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre
Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre

The Independent State of Cuckfield’s Cuckoo Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday, was opened by the mayor Mike Schlup in brilliant sunshine and warm weather.

The crowds had already gathered to buy and sell a range of produce, there were prizes to be won, and plenty to eat and drink.

There were kippers from The Isle of Man, cupcakes and Disney shaped biscuits, bottles of wine from the Wheel of Fortune and lots of home made cakes.

Everyone was working for their organisation and charity.

The Village Band played their music throughout the afternoon and entertainment filled the central arena.

First to perform was Sofia leading a Zumba session.

Participation was encouraged and all contributed rhythmically and physically to a set sequence.

Then to stretch and tone with Costica de Lumabeiti.

The Punch and Judy booth also drew a crowd of all ages willing and able to communicate with Punch, Judy and the Policeman, and scream when the crocodile appeared.

Surprising and reassuring that at a time of such a sophisticated technological way of life, a 400 year old theatrical tradition ; a colourful, completely recognisable construction with three hand operated puppets, can still mesmerise our children, and allow adults to reminisce.

BPM Dance School delivered an energetic and skilful performance, well supported by a large audience.

The ever popular dog show produced its own stars; Shadow, Toto, best coats, cutest and dogs in fancy dress. Where’s Wally? Had to win a rosette.

However, the Cuckfield Westie, not only won the best veteran, but best of show too.

Fantastic Alfie, there’s hope for all of us!

Report contributed by Kate Fleming. Pictures by Tony Taylor.

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