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Brentwood fair a ‘celebration of British summer’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:20 30 June 2014

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Strawberries and cream, classic cars and glorious sunshine all came out for the annual Strawberry Fair on Saturday.

A record-breaking 6,000 visitors enjoyed the entertainment at Shenfield Common in Brentwood.

Chair of Brentwood Council’s community committee, Cllr Karen Chilvers, said: “The Strawberry Fair was a great event and we had an excellent turnout. It was much busier than previous years and the sunny weather really helped.

“We have had some lovely messages from the stall-holders who said there was a real sense of community spirit.

“Visitors enjoyed the local strawberries, which were a sell out, and there was some fantastic entertainment.

“It really was a celebration of the British summer!”

Entertainment included performances by the Essex Dance Theatre and Brentwood Shakespeare Company as well as a music and dance session for younger visitors.

Also in attendance were ducklings, snakes, a gecko and a tortoise. They competed for the attention of crowds with a range of classic cars, including two vehicles from the film Bullit.

In true British tradition the entertainment was topped off strawberries and lashings of cream provided by Doddinghurst Road Church and local beer and cider from Brentwood Brewing Company.

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