Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined the local community to open the Horndon on the Hill annual Feast and Fayre last Saturday.
The fayre dates back to the 13th century when the village was granted a Royal Charter in 1215 to hold a feast and celebration on the last weekend in June. Revived in 1974, the Feast and Fayre sees the village transformed and the high road lined with a diverse range of stalls and entertainment.
This year, under the theme of ‘the Legend of King Arthur’, the entertainment included live music, craft sales, a 10km road race, and charity displays.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “The Feast and Fayre is a brilliant celebration of the local area both now and through the ages. It demonstrates that community spirit is very much alive and well and provides local organisations and charities with a great platform to champion great causes.”
“I would like to thank all those involved in organising the fayre and the volunteers who gave up their time to create such a great event. The atmosphere was fantastic and I hope that those who attended enjoyed the occasion as much as I did. I look forward to seeing this tradition continue for many years to come so that future generations can celebrate the wonderful heritage of Horndon-on-the-Hill and hope to be invited back next year to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Charter.”