CROWDS came out in their thousands to support local charities and organisations at the Hilperton Village fete on Saturday.

Organised by the Village Hall trustees, the event raised around £2500 from a variety of stalls which were set up on the fields.

Children were kept entertained with a tug-of-war competition and bouncy hoppers.

Organiser and village hall trustee Sonja Kotevska said: "It went really well and the weather held off which was even better.

"The way that the fete is organised means it is a charitable event and lots of different groups benefit as everyone keeps what they make on their individual stalls.

"St Michaels pre-school benefit, as well as the local church, cubs, scouts, rainbows and others.

"It is also an opportunity for people to show what they do, we had rescue groups and the wildlife trust there exhibiting which is always nice for people to talk to.

"The parish council sponsor the event with our advertising which is always very kind of them.

"It was really positive and just overall a great day and supported local businesses and charities.

"We had an exceptional turn out which was great, I couldn't put my finger on it but there were in the region of 1500 to 2000 people who turned up throughout the day.

"We had a lot of cars parked on the field which was good to see.

"This is an annual event and which is very much all about giving back to the community and providing them with the opportunity to raise money and get their names heard.

"We are planning on hosting just as good an event next year."

MP Michelle Donelan also attended to show her support and helped out on the water or wine stand raising money on behalf of St Michaels Pre School.

She said: “Thank you very much to all the organisers and Sonja Kotevska and for allowing me to take part.

"It was a wonderful busy afternoon and tremendous community spirit.

"I also bought a wonderful bird feeder at the Rainbow stand.”