Axminster’s Big Dinner provides a feast of fun

Axminster Gymnastics Club members with Emma Rowe (head coach) and Beth Solman (assistant coach). Pic

Axminster Gymnastics Club members with Emma Rowe (head coach) and Beth Solman (assistant coach). Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

The town’s revived Cherry Fayre ends on a high note

Axminster Lions Club president Debs Gosling on the tombola stall. CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Lions Club president Debs Gosling on the tombola stall. CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Axminster’s Cherry Fayre reached a mouth watering climax on Friday when the town centre was turned into a giant eatery

The Big Dinner was a celebration of the West Country’s finest food and drink which saw a host of street food sellers serving a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Hook a duck: – Jason Herbert, of Herbert’s Funfair, with winner Mitchell Chard aged five. Picture:

Hook a duck: – Jason Herbert, of Herbert’s Funfair, with winner Mitchell Chard aged five. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Local bands and musicians, including the first group to play on the church roof, kept the crowds entertained, supported by demonstrations by Axminster Gymnastics Club and the Uplyme Morris.

Cindy Furse, chairman of Light Up Axminster which organised the fayre, said: “The amazing weather just added to the atmosphere of the evening, as several hundred people enjoyed all that was on offer.

Mike and Jo Huskins on the Dalwood Vinyard stall. CHRIS CARSON

Mike and Jo Huskins on the Dalwood Vinyard stall. CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant


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“Axminster’s Big Dinner was the last event that made up The Cherry Fayre, the resurrected eight day festival marking the granting of the Royal Market Charter of 1210 to the town. Light Up Axminster would like to thank everyone for coming along, getting involved or helping out along the way.”

The River Cottage team (l to r|) Matt Church (general manager), Gelf Alderson (executive chef), Emi

The River Cottage team (l to r|) Matt Church (general manager), Gelf Alderson (executive chef), Emily Hackett (waitress) and Gill Meller (tutor and author). CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Archie Wickham and his mum Lucia learn to make pasta with River Cottage sous chef James Tancock. CHR

Archie Wickham and his mum Lucia learn to make pasta with River Cottage sous chef James Tancock. CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

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