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ST. LEONARD'S CHURCH FETE
Saturday 19th July 2003

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St. Leonard's church was holding its fete and asked the Club if we would put on a display.  There was a wedding at the church during the afternoon, so it seemed a good idea to take weddings as our theme.  So Sandra Aston plundered her collection of old wedding photos and Reg Aston found a lot of suitable old photos of Bilston and set up their displays, which stayed there all of Saturday and Sunday.  Luckily the weather was fine - the excessive heat and closeness accompanied by occasional storms, which we had all suffered from in previous days, ameliorated.  Outside the church were jumble stalls and raffles By the time your reported managed to get there things were in full swing.  Outside the church were jumble stalls and raffles ... a master of ceremonie ... not to mention a master of ceremonies who not only sang but also ...
a local line dancing team ... introduced a local line dancing team who gave a great performance ... not everyone could be prevented from joining in. ... which not everyone could be prevented from joining in.  Are line dancers the new morris dancers?
And the stalls continued to do a roaring trade. And the stalls continued to do a roaring trade.  Your reporter somehow managed to acquire two packets of soap and a model of a Dulux dog.  But these things can't be helped. the coffee shop, The first thing you came across inside the church was the coffee shop, which was doing a roaring trade.
The church was selling copies of the newly published history of the church.  The church was selling copies of the newly published history of the church.  It's not only a very interesting read but contains many excellent pictures, old and new - large size versions of which can be seen on the display boards at the back of this photo.  It only costs £5  and is highly recommended. The vicar, Chris Thorpe The vicar, Chris Thorpe, was everywhere and this might have been the only moment he sat down during the day.  That's part of Reg Aston's great display in the background.

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