BANK Holiday Monday marked the third year of the annual Stamfordham Village Fair, which was revived in 2016 after 30 years of absence.

And the crowd of over 500 were treated to a variety of events despite the unpredictable weather.

This year’s fair celebrated the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and funds raised went towards St Mary’s Church, Stamfordham Primary School and Stamfordham Village Hall.

Scarecrows made a return to the village, complying with the fair’s theme as outfits included soldiers, nurses and landing girls.

Entertainment was provided by the 102 Bn REME Pipe Band. The army was there in huge presence with an assault course as commander officer at Albermarle Barracks Lt. Col Chris Gent opened and closed the ceremony.

People were invited to enter a teddy bear parachute competition, which saw them dropped from the top of the church tower and judged on the furthest distance and quickest descent.

Rev. Rachel Scheffer, vicar at St Mary’s Church, was one of the organisers for the fair. She said: “It was easy to spot the winner because as it was so windy, one of the parachuting bears flew across the whole village.”

The dog show was well attended and football fanatics were in for a treat as a signed Newcastle United shirt was up for grabs in the grand raffle. A fine selection of vintage and classic cars returned, including an Austin 7 from 1929.

Rev. Scheffer said: “We’re still all recovering from such a good day. The biggest and best thing about our community is welcoming people from far and wide.”