Village’s big day out represents end of an era

STALWART -- cake-maker Pat Gretton sells her cakes for the last time after 30 years at Papplewick's annual fete. She is pictured with visitors Lauren Mowberry and Eben Till
STALWART -- cake-maker Pat Gretton sells her cakes for the last time after 30 years at Papplewick's annual fete. She is pictured with visitors Lauren Mowberry and Eben Till

THE biggest day of the year in the village of Papplewick also marked the end of an era.

The annual fete was as popular as ever, attracting more than 500 visitors and raising £4,100.

But for one of the event’s stalwarts, 72-year-old Pat Gretton, it proved emotional too. For she has called it a day after more than 30 years of creating sweet treats for the popular cake stall.

Grandma Pat, who lives in Papplewick, has decided to hang up her mixing bowl to concentrate on tending her garden and spending time with her grandchildren.

She told the Dispatch: “I’ll miss it but I suppose all good things must come to an end. I hope one of the younger ones steps up and takes it over.”

The organiser of the fete, which was held in the historic grounds of Papplewick Hall, was Donna Harris.

She said: “Pat has done a fantastic job. For the three years I’ve been organising the fete, she has made my job easier. She will be sorely missed.”

Money raised from this year’s event will again go towards the upkeep of St James’s Church at Papplewick and St Michael’s Church, Linby.

A major attraction was an auction where the main item was an England football shirt signed by David Beckham

The line-up included a maypole dance by children from Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary School, a visit from a fire engine, games for children and face-painting.