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The Historical Pageant and Country Fayre 

Following the church service, Michael Howard MP and the other dignitaries toured the events being staged in the field.  Displays on historic warfare were provided by the Cinque Port Volunteers, and costumed enthusiasts showed how soldiers were drilled in Napoleonic times.

To avoid congestion in the village, a park and ride scheme was set up for the day using a vintage bus.  Entertainment was provided at the drop off point next to the pageant field by a Fair Ground Organ, raising money for charity.

Refreshments were served in the ale tent, and barbeque food was enjoyed in the sunshine.  

The Craft Tent

A variety of crafts people displayed their skills and had work for sale, including quilters, jewellery makers, lace makers, woodworkers, potters and artists and a bee keeper.

There were also Cream Teas served by hardworking volunteers.

 

Many villagers, together with professional "infiltrators", were in costume depicting smugglers, residents and famous visitors to Newchurch through the ages.

Stiltwalkers and Morris Dancers provided traditional entertainment.  Threatened rain held off as everyone enjoyed sunshine under the stormy skies.

Demonstrations of spinning and sheep shearing were held all through the day, and the Romney Marsh Countryside Project brought live specimens of local animals for visitors to see and touch.

 

Displays of falconry and owls entralled visitors with birds in flight and an opportunity to touch the owls.  Many former residents returned especially for the celebrations.