WOKINGHAM LIONS Club announced the date of this Year's street Fayre on May 8.

The 26th Wokingham May street-fayre was announced to be on the same day as the 75th anniversary of VE day.

The charity has announced that the number of stalls available has nearly doubled since 2019's fayre, extending the celebrations to Elms Field.

Ian Grange, May Fayre organiser, said: "We will be taking applications for stalls from 15 January, and will be able to accommodate up to 180 stallholders.

"Last year we had around 100 stalls, so this is a substantial increase.

"We are able to expand the number of stalls, since we are returning to Elms Field, following its recent refurbishment.

"The May Fayre will cover the area from the Town Hall, down Denmark Street, through the Plaza and out to Elms Field.

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"Some stallholders may wish to have a VE Day theme, and there will be a prize for the best themed stall.

"We will be marking VE Day with some special events on the stage, including joining in with the national tribute at 3pm.

"The main goal of the May Fayre is to provide a low-cost and fun family event, and enable local charities and other groups to raise money for their causes.

"It’s a wonderful day out for families and people of all ages, where we celebrate the town’s culture on the stage, with many local groups performing. Our committee is working very hard to make it a success.

"We also always have tremendous support from our Town Council."

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Cathy Valentine, director for Circus Scene, said: "Our VE Day-themed entertainment will include the Arborfield Military Wives Choir, a 1940s Close Harmony Girls Group and the sound of the Bagpipes.

"Our main stage will feature all of our usual May Fayre entertainment from local community groups.

"Children’s entertainment will take place all over the town, and will include a Punch and Judy show, magic shows, petting zoo and fun fair rides."

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