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Fun in the sun at Fairlop Fair

PUBLISHED: 13:48 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 03 July 2017

Pcs Mohammed Patel, Kieran Taylor, and Neil Bushell at Fairlop Fair.

Pcs Mohammed Patel, Kieran Taylor, and Neil Bushell at Fairlop Fair.

Archant/Catherine Davison

Families made the most of the glorious sunshine this weekend as they flocked to the annual Fairlop Fair.

The audience watch performers from Kuntal's Bollywood Dance Company. All pictures: Catherine DavisonThe audience watch performers from Kuntal's Bollywood Dance Company. All pictures: Catherine Davison

From cardboard boat races to a gingerbread decorating competition, the opportunities were varied for attendees at the annual event at Fairlop Waters Country Park.

In glorious sunshine, activities on offer included children’s theatre, a roller disco, a sports zone and plenty of hammocks to watch the world go by in.

Taylor Neil, five,, trampolining.Taylor Neil, five,, trampolining.

Performances from Kuntal’s Dance School, Lynch International School of Dance and Redbridge Drama Centre also helped entertain the crowds.

The event, which features a range of activities, in Forest Road, Barkingside, is based on a historical fair which took place at the site for 150 years.

The fair, which founded in the 18th century by estate owner Daniel Day, now sees over 5,000 people attend the event annually, since it was restarted in 2012.

Historically, when Mr Day used to visit the site to collect his rents, he would take a party of friends to eat bacon and beans in the shade of the Fairlop Oak.

By about 1725 this private picnic had developed into a regular fair, attracting more than 200,000 people.

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