NEWSTEAD families did not have to travel all the way to Skegness to bask in a seaside atmosphere.
All they needed to do was visit St Mary’s Church in the village.
For their annual summer fair and fundraiser, the church members chose a beach theme — and the initiative paid handsome dividends.
For about 500 people flocked to the event and proceeds totalled £750 to boost church funds.
Like the make-believe seaside on Nottingham’s Old Market Square, a beach was created with sand transported to the church, at the junction of Musters Road, Markham Street and Byron Street.
Churchwarden Matt Ward said he was delighted with the response. He added: “Children loved the chance to make sand-castles and we also arranged donkey rides, which proved very popular. We wanted people to imagine they were enjoying a summer holiday.”
The organisers also ensured that refreshments were in keeping with those found at the seaside, with ice-cream available.
The church looks for new ideas to attract people to its fair each year and it certainly hit the bull’s eye with this one. Stalls and games were well patronised.