Throwback Thursday: Fayre in the Square - what are your memories of the day?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 May 2018

The original Fayre in the Square article from 2004. Photo: Archant.

The original Fayre in the Square article from 2004. Photo: Archant.


In Throwback Thursday Enjoy Beccles More takes a look back at some of the town’s major stories and events from times gone-by.

This week we look back at 2004’s Fayre in the Square - a major charity event saved at the last minute by community spirit.

The article below first appeared in the Beccles and Bungay Journal on Friday, June 11.

Fayre in the Square proves a big hit

Hundreds of people visited the Fayre in the Square at Beccles on Sunday, bringing a buzz to the town centre throughout the day.

There was entertainment from a central stage, with around 45 stalls plying their trade for charities, crafts people and sellers of a whole range of products.

But the setting fell almost silent for a few moments to acknowledge the D-Day parade passing through.

It was the first Fayre to be organised by Jill Sillett, co-ordinator of Beccles and District volunteer Centre, who took on the role at short notice.

“People in the town rallied around marvellously to help me put it on,” she said. “There was a lovely atmosphere with everyone coming together.

“A lot of people even came forward to thank me for saving the Fayre. It made me pleased to be part of the town; it was really special”, she said.

She was particularly grateful for the support of Jane Ayton, of the local Save the Children Fund.

In past years the event was organised by Save The Children, but when plans by Beccles Lions to take the reins fell through Jill stepped in to save the day.

With more time available, she hopes to makes next year’s event bigger and even more successful.

Andrew Miller led the stage show through the day, and the entertainers included Southwold band The Roosters and the Red Beans and the Rice Jazz Band.

There was also Morris dancing in the New Market and a display by the Sarah Foster dancing team in the Waveney Centre.

The event is expected to raise around £200-£300 for the volunteer centre, but also helped boost the funds of other charities taking part.

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