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Hundreds attend inaugural event in Norton in Hales - in pictures

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A village's first ever festival proved such a big success that organisers have revealed they will be holding it again next year.

About 500 people visited Norton in Hales, near Market Drayton, for the inaugural event.

There were more than 30 stalls featuring crafts, local produce and much more at the festival on Saturday. Meanwhile, the village bloom group also held a plant sale.

In addition, the festival featured displays of steam engines, vintage tractors, birds of prey, cream teas and homemade refreshments.

Coinciding with the festival, the Hinds Head Inn in the village ran its annual beer festival and Norton in Hales Cricket Club hosted a match at the recreation ground.

Organiser Carolyn Swales said: "It went extremely well, even better than we had hoped for.

"The fire service put in appearance and people were allowed to have their picture taken with the fire engine. The police also put in an appearance and youngsters were able to play with the sirens.

"Local firm AR Richards brought tractors that people were allowed to climb upon.

"We had plenty of stallholders, there were about 45 entries in the dog show which was a complete and utter success.

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"There were lots of groups raising money for individual things such as from the school, Norton in Bloom group and the church.

"We were lucky with the weather. It didn't rain until 4.30pm and we were due to finish at 5pm anyway."

She added: "We will definitely be holding it again next year after the first one proved so successful."

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James Pugh

By James Pugh
@JamesP_Star

Chief reporter at the Shropshire Star covering north Shropshire based at the head office in Ketley.

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