The Duck Fayre returns to Patcham

The Patcham Duck Fayre is set to return this year.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 9:22 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 9:31 am
Nobody is quite sure why the Patcham Scouts called their local fete a Duck Fayre (Photograph: Pixabay)

Originally run by the 44th Brighton Scouts, the Duck Fayre took place in the shade of the 300 year old Elm trees and along the Old London Road in Patcham in the 1990s.

The area in front of the Co-op and Scout hut was party central to the smells of candy floss and BBQ food, whilst craft stalls, dance displays and silver bands entertained people along the street.

Nobody is quite sure why the Patcham Scouts called their local fete a Duck Fayre, rumour has it ducks from the pond at the All Saints church use to wander down to the village; others say they were herded through the village to a local market – but whatever the origin it was a great name for a great day!

Now the Duck Fayre is due to return on Sunday, May 19 2019 from 11am to 4pm in the same place, but extending into the adjoining Peace Gardens.

A group of local residents have been hard at work raising money and planning the day which will include a dog show, children’s activities, circus skills and a family area in the park, along with a beer tent, silver bands, dance groups and choirs in the Old London Road.

There will be funfair rides, local trade, craft and cake stalls for all to enjoy plus a flower show at the All Saints Church.

The Patcham Duck Fayre Revival group would like to hear from anyone who wants to help out on the day or run a stall.

To find out how you can get involved, contact the group on: [email protected]