Authored by By Russell Butt June 27, 2013 and re-blogged from Get Surrey
STORMTROOPERS, jumping bikes and giant snakes – no the world hasn’t gone mad, it was just the 14th annual Midsummer Fair at New Haw at the weekend.
The fair committee, made up of people from Heathervale Baptist Church, All Saints’ Church, New Haw Community Association and the 2nd New Haw Scout Group, set about putting together a show to remember.
The huge fair at Heathervale recreation ground was opened by Paul Turrell, chief executive of Runnymede Borough Council, with 50 stalls representing charities and businesses from the community.
Event co-ordinator Simon Hayes said: “We had a big main arena and a big marquee.
“Members of a mountain bike stunt team performed in the main arena and they were brilliant, really talented guys.
“We also had a wildlife display, which was hands-on with snakes, spiders, scorpions, meerkats and birds of prey.
“They had a huge boa constrictor, which they put on the field and the children were able to stroke it.”
Kicking off the event, a procession from Broadway to Heathervale was cheered by onlookers and a Zumba display in the arena got everybody moving. The Oatlands Pipe Band was kilted and booted, and another favourite were members of the 501st UK Garrison costume club, who were dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars films.
Mr Hayes said: “It went really well. I would say we got just over 3,000 people on the field.
“The community comes together. They are all part of it. Someone said to me it just brings the community spirit back to New Haw.”