Mystery of missing village fete signs

PUBLISHED: 13:59 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 31 May 2010

COMPETITION between rival fêtes in the run up to summer can be fierce, but just how far would one fête go to gain the upper hand? Speculation in Hadstock is rife that two signs promoting their up-coming event have been stolen by a competitor, says Jamie S

COMPETITION between rival fêtes in the run up to summer can be fierce, but just how far would one fête go to gain the upper hand?

Speculation in Hadstock is rife that two signs promoting their up-coming event have been stolen by a competitor, says Jamie Spencer from the Hadstock Fête Committee.

The signs announcing the Hadstock Fête, which is held next Saturday (June 20), have been removed from the A1307 on the outskirts of Linton.

"We are perplexed by this sudden outbreak of anti-Hadstock Fête vandalism, especially as the signs have been placed in these locations with no problems for very many years," said Mr Spencer.

As the signs are quite large - too big to get into a car boot - and were firmly fixed, the committee believe a good deal of effort and planning was needed to take them away. A search of the scene has been carried out but there is no sign of the signs.

Although there are rumours that the signs were taken by a rival fête, Mr Spencer accepts there could be another explanation such as they were removed by the Highways Agency for being in the wrong place.

Hadstock Fête started life before 1066 when a Saxon king granted the right for the village to hold a fair on St Botolph's Day, June 17. The fête has been running on-and-off ever since.

In the 1950s the fête was moved to the nearest Saturday to the saint's day and it remains the focal point of the village's fundraising, having raised more than £6000 each year for the last few years.

This year's attractions include a classic car rally, the popular auction, music from Hadstock Silver Band, a teddy bear parachute launch, and traditional games and contests such as the tug of war. The fête starts at 2pm.

The committee would welcome any information as to the signs' whereabouts. Please contact them by email at ed@hadstockmag.co.uk or by calling 01223 890186.

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