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21st Gee Cross Fete a great success
THE annual Gee Cross Fete, organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Hyde and Willow Wood Hospice, celebrated its 21st year with another great success despite the unseasonal weather this year. Over the years this event has been re-invented a few times but has kept its local family appeal, providing local charities and organisation an opportunity to meet the people of Hyde and it is estimated will have raised over £150,000.
The main attraction this year was the performances by Circus Sensible with their circus workshops being especially enjoyed. The fete included a large variety of stalls, games, a large raffle and entertainment throughout the day. The pony rides were a particular hit with younger children.
The fete opened with the traditional church service which was followed by displays from Dowson, Holy Trinity, Leigh St and Godley Schools. Performances by the Freedom Dancers and MCA were also enjoyed by the visitors. For the first time budding Mary Berrys had the chance to enter the Great GX Bake Off with the first prize being scooped up by Lynda Byrne. The event was honoured by a visit from The Mayor and Mayoress.
Andy Williams from Hyde Rotary said on behalf of his club and the Hospice Events like Gee Cross Fete take months of planning and the success of the event would not have been possible if it wasnt for the continued support of the local community. Thankfully this year all the hard work culminated in a successful and enjoyable day for the 3000 people who attended and raised over £5000 which will benefit both Rotary charities and Willow Wood.
The money raised last year was used by Hyde Rotary Club to support the following organisations Age UK, Marie Curie, Oakdale School Christmas presents, Shelter Emergency Boxes, Union Street pensioners party, Wish Upon a Star, End World Polio, plus many other worthy causes.
Finally the fete organising committee would like to thank everyone, to many to mention individually, who made the day possible. Everyone who volunteered their help both in the run up to the event to helping on the day, local firms and individuals who either donated a wide range of raffle prizes or advertised in the fete programme and of course to all of the spectators who attended played a huge part in making this community event again a success. However the organisers would like to thank the Werneth Conservatives and Millson Architects for their event sponsorship and to Tameside Radio for helping to publicise the event.