Fingers crossed for return of the Spitfire at this year’s Chelsfield Fair

By Luke King in Events

CHELSFIELD Village Fair returns on Saturday, July 8 with, it is hoped, a full complement of flying displays.

Organiser David Griffiths says: “The post-Shoreham regulations put pay to the Spitfire display in 2016 but after a good deal of work, it is hoped that the Spitfire will be back in 2017.

“The Fair, which takes place on Chelsfield’s modest cricket green has over 70 stalls, a large beer tent and tea rooms. Various commercial catering outlets will ensure you’re fed throughout the day while you enjoy the wide range of entertainment.”

Music opens and closes the Fair, with the ever-popular Croydon Steel Orchestra kicking off at midday. At the end of the afternoon, visitors can relax with a beer or two to the swinging sounds of the Force 10 Big Band.

The Green St Green May Queen will be arriving with her entourage to open the Fair while the arena will host a flying display from from Willows Birds of Prey Centre. The highlight for many will be the two flying displays (weather, serviceability and regulations permitting). Mark Jefferies returns for the third year, performing eye-watering aerobatics in his Extra 330SC and, all being well, a Spitfire IX from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar will be wheeling around in the skies overhead.

David adds: “The fun fair, Minnie the clown, pony rides and miniature railway will keep the youngsters entertained during what promises to be another quite over the top Chelsfeld Village Fair. And all this for a mere £3.50 per adult!”

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