Local residents and visitors enjoyed two days of celebrations for the annual Alderley Edge May Fair.
Festivities started in the park on Friday afternoon when ET was shown on a giant screen and local teams competed in a 5-a-side football competition.
Local Wilmslow band Halt + Catch Fire opened the music stage with the entertainment reaching a climax with a David Bowie tribute act performing David Bowie hits and 1970's classics.
Saturday's celebrations began with the parade through the village centre which kicked off with 5K May Fair Fun Run. Once the runners set off they were followed by our Town Crier, South Cheshire Pipe Band, Alderley Edge Community Primary School, vintage cars and bikes, Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society, local village groups and the May Queenand her Princesses travelling in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.
Following the parade the 2019 Alderley Edge May Fair was declared officially open by this year's May Fair Queen, 11-year-old Isabella Lavelle who was accompanied by 5 year old Matilda and Marie who is 6 years old.
Organisers tried to make sure that the May Fair included activities for all age groups this year, which this led to the introduction of the Generation Game Marquee. Inside, members of local toddler and tots groups, plus residents of local care homes, luncheon group regulars and retired residents took part in activities together. Hands-on demonstrations took place in pasta making, pot planting, painting, jam making and storytelling.
Committee member Liz Marshall said "I had lunch with one of the senior residents who told me that she had been looking forward to the fair all week and how pleased she was that she had been able to visit."
Elsewhere on the park, rocket making proved to be very popular, and visitors were able to touch and stroke wildlife from around the world in the mobile petting zoo.
Liz added "We try to expand the variety of activities each year, so that the May Fair is a unique event.
"With street dance, local choirs, live music, Morris dancing, poetry and the final of the dog show on the stage, films and football on the giant screen, fairground attractions around the park, a fun run and the parade there was plenty for everyone to enjoy."
Paul Marshall commented "We all agreed that a strong community spirit was at the heart of the May Fair this year. Local businesses supported with sponsorship and involvement, volunteers turned up to lend and hand and the village created a fantastic atmosphere which drew comments from visiting caterers and traders. We want to carry on with that openness, and we would like to invite anyone who has ideas about new activities to get involved."
He added "There is an energetic and inspiring team behind the May Fair. So many people donate their time and talents to plan and operate the event. Throughout the year and especially over the third weekend in May it can be a big commitment and I would like to say a genuine Thank You to very one who has helped this year."