Thorndon Fair a hit despite weather

01:17, Dec 02 2012
Thorndon Fair
Chloe Malpass, 5, trying on novelty hats at Thorndon Fair.
Thorndon Fair
Tessa Staples, 6, tries to catch the bubbles created by her brother, Ethan, 4, at the Thorndon Fair.
Thorndon Fair
Rory Lawes, 5, joins in with the Thorndon Fair Frolickers along with his dad, Elliot, on flute, at the Thorndon Fair.
Thorndon Fair
Andres Pimentel and Stephani Lopez hold onto their hats and tent at the Thorndon Fair.

Crowds have flocked to Tinakori Rd and lower Hill St for the annual Thorndon Fair, which is proving a hit despite - or perhaps because of - the lacklustre weather.

Veteran festival-goer Elliot Lawes said he was enjoying the cooler, overcast conditions, which provided a refreshing change from spending the day in the sweltering sun.

''It's pretty packed - there's thousands roaming the streets like beasts. It's a great fundraiser,'' he said.

''The atmosphere is 'up' - it's vibrant, there's lots of things to see, buy and do and lots of kids, food and interesting artwork and good creative stuff,'' Mr Lawes said.

He would be part of the clean-up crew when the fair finished at 3pm.

He was accompanied by his two children - both students at Thorndon School, daughter Isobel, 8, and son Ruaraidh, 5, who was enjoying a strap of green licorice as he took in the sights.

Proceeds from the fair go to the primary school, which has been running the event since 1983, making it the capital's oldest street fair.

The annual event was launched by the Thorndon Society in 1977 and gifted to Thorndon School in 1983.

Last year the fair raised $50,000, which went towards funding an extra teacher for the Decile 10 school.


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