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Characters help turn school's summer fete into a wonderland in Hethersett

Alice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Alice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

ARCHANT NORFOLK

The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Alice and the Queen of Hearts were special guests at a school's summer fete.

Alice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYAlice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Actors dressed as the characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland were a hit among the hundreds of visitors to the event in Old Hall School in Hethersett on Saturday.

Charissa Garner, chairwoman of the school’s parents’ association, said she was delighted with the success of the fete.

She said: “We had a huge turnout - it really exceeded our expectations of what it could be.

“It was lovely to see so many local people come out and support our event.”

Alice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYAlice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Among the attractions were fairground rides, zorb balls, swings, a bouncy castle and massive slide.

Visitors flocked to a barbecue, which was sold out by the end of the day.

Mrs Garner said 25 business from the area set up stands, selling vintage furniture, garden goods, girls’ accessories, jewellery and more.

She said: “That was a really great opportunity for them to come along and show off their wares.”

Alice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYAlice in Wonderland themed fun at the Hethersett Old Hall School fete. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Children in different year levels set up their own stalls with games for people to try including one where they had to catch a duck on a hook and another where the aim was to find a mouse.

There was also a Mad Hatter’s tea tent which Mrs Garner said proved hugely popular.

Mrs Garner said the summer fete was one two major fundraisers – along with a Christmas market, that the parents’ association held each year to raise money for facilities at the school.

She said: “We work really hard all year round to raise money for things that the school wouldn’t necessarily be able to provide.

“Last year we had a new play fort built, and it was so nice to see the children’s faces light up when they saw it for the first time.”

Do you have a story about an event happening in your community? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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