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Upton Grey Autumn Festival is a success
6:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Upton Grey to celebrate the sights and sounds of autumn.
The highlight of the village’s Autumn Festival, now in its second year, was a spectacular fireworks display that took place in Hoddington Park.
The event started with stalls selling local produce in a marquee in the rear car park of the Hoddington Arms, in Bidden Road.
Among the food and drink on offer were locally-grown fruit, such as apples, blackberries and quinces, game meat including venison and pheasants, sparkling wines, and beer from the Andwell Brewing Company.
Children played games and took part in a conker competition.
In the evening, around a dozen Guy Fawkes figures, all made by villagers, were taken by tractor to Hoddington Park, to be burned on a bonfire.
A procession of more than 600 people followed the figures, with some people carrying jack-o’-lanterns.
He added: “It went very well, with the only downside being that it rained all afternoon so the stalls were affected.
“We seem to have had a phase of young families moving into the village, so the main idea when we set it up last year was to have an affordable event for local families.”
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