Perivale End of Summer Fayre & Parade 2018
Sunday, 16 September 2018
Celebrating All Things Perivale!
On Sunday the 16th of September the Perivale Festivals Committee hosted the 2018 End of Summer Fayre and Parade. This year’s event was bigger, louder and brighter than ever before. As if to proclaim the last days of summer, unseasonably warm sunshine set the scene. With stallholders set up and ready, the start of this year’s festivities was set to the thunder of Harley Davidsons spearheading the parade, closely followed by a rhythmic battery from Dhol 2 Dhol, a marching brass band, dancers from MAPA school of dance, the Impact Theatre players, all gracefully waved in by a stilted butterfly performer. As the vintage vehicles, scouts, local dance groups, children and hundreds of local residents swarmed onto Horsenden Lower Thrift field, the parade was tailed by the booming sounds of the Area 56 Sound system.
Local bands graced the eco-friendly Stagebus, with End of Summer newcomers Fae Simon, Cara Murphy, Living Island and We Are Not a Band being among the many highlights, all kicked off with an energetic performance by the Selborne Primary Cheerleaders.
Perivale certainly showed its generosity as residents managed to raise hundreds of pounds for Shooting Stars and enough cash to buy a demonstration defibrilator unit for Hillview surgery. A big draw at the event was Dr Phoebus’s amazing authentic Penny farthing. The Punch and Judy show was proving ever popular with the eager crowd of children that seemed to be stationed there for most of the day. At the other end of the field, the organisers had laid on a giant inflatable football darts board, which provided some great physical activity to accompany the scouts’ climbing wall. Pony rides and the petting zoo helped locals to explore the natural beauty of the area, with the Onion Barge drawing residents onto the nearby picturesque canal.
Friends of Horsenden Farm hosted the games, which were very popular with the young ones. Tugs of War, Sack races and egg and spoon races provided hours of raucous fun, with the ping pong table being a draw to the local club hosted at the community centre.