Chilly conditions did not deter crowds turning out for the annual Swaines Green May Fayre this bank holiday weekend.

The May Day event welcomed guests to the 22-acre wildlife site in Epping to several stalls, music and entertainment events on Saturday, May 4.

This year’s event had been organised by the conservation group the Friends of Swaines Green with Deputy Mayor Councillor Grahame Scruton opening this years Fayre.

Jacqui Mortimer, chair of The Friends of Swaines Green, said: “A big thanks to all who attended and spent money with us, benefitting not just the shows and stalls, but also of course the Friends of Swaines Green Conservation fund.

“Thanks too to those who helped set up, keep the event running, and clear away again, including hard working 1st Theydon Garnon Scouts and 3rd North Weald Scout leaders, and too many individuals to mention.

“Well done Russell Kemmish for being an excellent and entertaining compere, and demonstrating a unique fashion style, and Morag and Jeremy Batchelor and family for running the beer tent all day."

In the Arena, the ever-popular Punch and Judy show, ferret racing and tug-of-war match attracted large crowds throughout the day.

The new attraction of Maypole dancing from the 4th Epping (St John’s) Brownie Pack who entertained and The Etcetera Morris Men added fitted with the day’s theme.

Anwaar Belly Dancers also gave a colourful performance whilst Cllr Scrutn and his wife Elizabeth served as judges at the dog show.

Ms Mortimer added: “Thanks to Ahmet and Michelle at the Thatch Cottage, who allowed us to use their land for the Arena and surrounding stalls.

“We hope to see you all again next May.”