Crowds flock to Alcester for street market

Crowds flock to Alcester for street market

Dancing in the street: Councillor Eric Payne and his wife Maggie take a turn in the high street, dressed as Rene and Yvette from 'Allo Allo'. SP

Dancing in the street: Councillor Eric Payne and his wife Maggie take a turn in the high street, dressed as Rene and Yvette from 'Allo Allo'. SP

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THE sun shone on Sunday for the Court Leet’s annual street market in Alcester, which this year had a 1940s theme.

Approximately 10,000 people turned out to enjoy the sunshine and take in the market stalls, 1940s style shop fronts, and live entertainment from Kitten Von Mew, Racketts, Kidnap Alice, Texan Peacocks, the Alcester Victoria Silver Band, and the Alcester Male Voice Choir.

There was even a parade of vintage vehicles making their way up the high street, including two 1940s Bentleys, one of which was worth over £1million.

Paul Hyde, headteacher at Alcester Academy, won the fun run for the second year run, only just beating one of his pupils to the finish line.

A Winston Churchill look-a-like opened the market with organiser and high bailiff Steve Brown.

Mr Brown said: “It was brilliant. Re-enactors came from all over the Midlands. Apparently there are very few forties themed events in the Midlands, so we had a forties military policeman, and a spiv selling watches or trying to.

"We had record entries for the shop window competition, and on the Friday night we had a forties night in the Greig sports hall, which we converted to an aircraft hanger for the evening, and over 200 people came along, all in costume.”

The money is still being counted up, but the Court Leet is hoping the event will have raised several thousand pounds, which will be added to the High Bailiff’s Charity Fund, to be distributed in October.

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