The sun brings out thousands to enjoy all the fun of the fayre

More than 3,000 people attended Ifield May Fayre.

Families enjoyed a variety of stalls and entertainments in good weather between St Margaret’s Church, Ifield, and Ifield Barn Theatre from 11.30am to 5pm on bank holiday Monday (May 5).

Ifield May Fayre 2014 (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140505-161705003

Ifield May Fayre 2014 (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140505-161705003

Mark Haymes, 38, of Poynings Road, Ifield, a member of the Ifield May Fayre Committee said: “We are hoping to raise around £10,000 for local causes and thank the volunteers, stall holders and everybody who came along to make it a great day.”

The 26th annual festival started with the May Queen parade, which left from St Margaret’s School at 11am.

Schoolchildren and 2nd Ifield (St Margaret’s) Scouts walked alongside the float’s procession while a marching band played. Jessica Budd-Jeffreys, 14, of Millbank, Ifield, was crowned queen by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Bob Burgess,

Children formed a long queue to ride ponies and families sat down to watch a Punch and Judy show.

Crowds were entertained by a number of musical and dance performances, which included ballet and traditional Irish and clog dancing. New to this year’s fete, Crawley Millennium Concert Band played popular classics in the afternoon.