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Victorian fair at St John's Weston attracts more than 700 visitors
A Victorian fair in Runcorn has been hailed a huge success despite the rain.
More than 700 visitors stepped back in time on Saturday to celebrate 150 years of worship at St John’s Church in Weston.
Jan Brown, a member of the organising committee, said:”It was superb. Everyone really enjoyed it. We had a great team organising everything.
“We revived a little summer horticultural show that stopped 20 years ago. People have asked us to do it again. We hope it will the first of many.”
Adults and children baked cakes, arranged flowers and drew pictures and judges were invited to award prizes.
The church hall was turned into an old fashioned tea room with lace curtains as ladies served home made cakes dressed in white pinnies.
A fascinating exhibition of old photographs and documents capturing the history of Weston was displayed in the church.
Runcorn Historical Society members were on hand to answer questioins.
Jan added:”There was information about the sandstone which was quarried here and was used all over the world, in New York docks and the base of the Statue of Liberty.”
Various community groups decorated windows at St John’s to depict their work.
Home made crafts were displayed on stalls and there was a beer tent.
Ration books surrounded a stained glass window dedicated to war hero William Gower and his medal.
War veterans placed flags round a memorial to men from Weston who lost their lives.
A vintage car and bike show was held at Grangeside Garage.
Victoria Music community choir performed a selection of nostalgic war songs and Beatles tunes.
Visitors travelled round the village in a horse and carriage.
Children from Cavendish and Weston schools joined in the activities.
A fair organ and old fashioned games such as splat the rat and roll a penny brought back many memories.
St Johns plans to stage a Victorian Christmas market on Saturday, November 29 with hand made crafts and a cafe.