Magical fair draws 3,000 to Harbury

ILLUSURY tricks and balancing acts captivated audiences at the tenth Victorian Fayre in Harbury on Saturday.

Entertainer Mr Alexander helped to draw record crowds of more than 3,000 to the event, with spectators telling organisers he was “absolutely amazing”.

Brian Young, who, along with his wife Julie, organised the event, said: “You could not move past the stage when he was on. Having him there lifted the street fair to a different level.”

Other entertainments included a balloon launch, live music by the David Isles Band, who performed modern interpretations of Victorian tunes, penny arcade games, pipe organ music, a Victorian children’s museum and fairground rides.

Stallholders selling sweets, mulled wine, winter Pimms and a variety of goods, were dressed in outfits from the period, while visitors were also encouraged to look the part.

The event was sponsored by Sainsbury’s and Property Hive, with contributions from businesses from around the area, meaning around £4,000 worth of proceeds can be donated to Harbury Pre-School and Windmills Nursery.

Mr Young said: “It was amazing and we’re very pleased with the outcome.”