June 19 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Live music, street performers and stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to artisan food... the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre today rounded off a week of celebrations in the city.
Following the visit of the Olympic torch and the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, the fayre attracted thousands of visitors to experience the vitality and variety of the city’s lanes.
Even a surprise rain shower failed to deter crowds, who filled the area around St Benedicts Street to get a taste of the unique arts, crafts, food and music on offer.
Organiser Shona Richards said: “We have had a great turnout and proved once again that there is something for everybody.
“Even though there was some rain, there was so much going on that it’s kept people here.
“It’s the biggest fayre we’ve ever held, considering the amount we have got on offer – the variety and the choice.
“It’s fantastic for the lanes community, because they are a celebration and bring everyone together.
“There have been visitors here today from all over Europe, but it’s just as important to remind people who live here what we have.”
There was live music from Bo Nanafana Social Club, The Arlenes, The Ferries, Norfolk Ukelele Society and other DJs, while dance acts and circus performers entertained crowds between the street stalls.
Other attractions included a vintage clothing bazaar, face painting, craft area, a family barbecue, art trails and exhibitions.
Norwich Arts Centre and the Rumsey Wells played host to all-day entertainment, while the Birdcage pub continued the party late into the night with the Blue Skies vintage shindig.
Wilf Thompson, who runs food company Chillis Galore with wife Kathy from their home in Drayton, said the fayre brought together a unique mix of people.
“We’ve come here for the last two years, and there’s a different crowd here, a different type of people,” said Mr Thompson.
“We normally go to food fairs, but we’ve had a good day here.
“The crowds were packing the street for some of the performances earlier, so it couldn’t really have been any busier.”