Sun comes out as do the crowds

16:57, Dec 01 2013
thorndorn fair
FUN TIMES: Keith Riach, 70 performing with the Britanic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen at the Thorndon Fair.

Thorndon Fair organisers finally got the sunny day they had been waiting for and the crowds turned out on cue.

Organisers of the annual Wellington fair said about 25,000 to 30,000 people swarmed to Tinakori Rd yesterday, with more than 250 stallholders displaying their wares.

Parent and fair organiser Carleen Needham said though they were still "counting the cash", numbers exceeded expectations and everything ran smoothly.

"It was just a fantastic day, everyone had a good time. We had a couple of lost children, maybe an injury or two, but everybody was very well behaved and we had the right amount of Wellington sunshine."

Thorndon School principal Alistair du Chatenier said attendance numbers for the fair had been down in the past couple of years because of adverse weather and it had been a return to form this year.

"We've been waiting for a day like this the last couple of years, we were due for a nice sunny day.

"Whatever slight problems we had in setting up, everyone is relaxed and chilled out now. Everything's really, really smooth."

The event, which has been running since 1977, raises about $50,000 for Thorndon School to put towards teacher salaries and professional development.


The Dominion Post